May 17, 2018

Journey (to Study Abroad)

I believe learning another language expands the mind in ways unimaginable or tangible. I want to develop a fluency which enables me to travel and connect with the world in a way I wouldn’t have been able to before. Studying abroad and earning a major in Spanish is not just a certification, I see it to be a skill that I will take with me throughout my life, displayed in many ways. Knowledge of the Spanish language broadens my view of the world; enabling me to live, think, and create differently.

Valencia seems to be home of rich art and culture in Spain, which aligns with what I have interest in and what I spend my time doing. I have seen my evolution as an artist through portrait photography, writing, and more recently, the curiosity I find in myself while traveling. Inspiration seems like it would be everywhere; from the people, street art, museums, and the colorful bustle of the city.

Introspective by nature, one of my biggest goals is to break down any barrier I have between my interactions with others while allowing myself be completely free to be myself. While abroad, I have come in contact many times with people of the country who have no problem engaging in a conversation, completely in English. I would like to be able to reciprocate this and converse with the local people. Hoping to continue to follow my passion for traveling to new parts of the world and photographing people along the way, I want to be a respectful world citizen. For me, this looks like communicating in the language of the country I am visiting, connecting with the local people there, and having a greater awareness of a written word, not given to me in my original toolbox. Blending my life into that of a country new to me, I trust I would begin to combine fresh perspectives of the world into my creative enthusiasms. I want to create understanding of a culture that becomes part of my journey throughout life.

I believe each person is their unique self, bringing their own ideas and distinct life experience to each moment. I consider myself a photographer, capturing life's sweetest and smallest moments that matter the most, finding the beauty of people in their natural selves, and highlighting the picturesque landscapes of our world. I am inspired by the people who want to see the authentic joy and liveliness in the world. Without social courage and confidence, a photographer is not able to fully engage with people to create those fleeting feelings, tangible. Instead of feeling embarrassment when I talk to new people, I want to feel uncomfortable when I don’t. I have become and artist in my own right, with an eye and talent which allows me to survey and magnify the beauty of the world. I am on a journey to progress new skills, enabling me to connect to more of humanity.

xo, Hallie


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