Where are you from?
I’m from Irvine, California.
Do you have a book that changed your life?
I recently read The Catcher in the Rye for the first time and I think it was really important for me to read, especially at this point in my life. The main character displays so many different aspects of the teenage experience.
What inspires you the most?
I think mornings inspire me the most. I have these really tall east-facing windows in my living room and sometimes I sit and drink coffee there for a few minutes after getting up (which is getting later and later now that summer is here!). Those moments always provide me with inspiration for my day, whether it’s artistic, academic, or just an idea of how I want to spend the time.
What’s been your greatest achievement (so far)?
I think it’s a tie. When I was 11, I was solo piano accompanist for my honors choir in front of a sold-out audience of 2000 people at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts – it was very nerve-racking and took lots of preparation, but in the end it was an amazing experience! Also, photos I posted on National Geographic were selected for display in VP Biden’s official residence in Washington, D.C. two times – in December, 2015, and January, 2016. It felt great to be recognized for my interests, and I am so grateful for it.
If you had to choose one thing you were most passionate about, what would it be and why?
I am most passionate about art, in any form. My main focus has been in the photographic and digital arts. I have found that my life is a lot better if there is some artistic element to every day.
What food will you absolutely not, under any circumstances, eat?
I have a rule: no ham, no lamb, no spam.
Where would you take your dream vacation?
I have always wanted to go to France or Italy. I suppose my dream vacation would be visiting both!
When you eat a pack of Skittles, do you save the best flavors for last? Or do they go first?
My system is in rainbow-order. Eat all of the red Skittles, then orange, yellow, green, and purple. Trust me, it will change your life.
Favorite movie or TV show soundtrack?
I love listening to Howard Shore’s The Lord of the Rings soundtrack. It makes me feel like I’m going on a journey through New Zealand.
Whose fictional wardrobe do you want most?
If my wardrobe was full of the costumes from Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, I would be a happy camper.
What’s one goal you definitely plan on achieving this year?
This year, my goal is to find balance in school, work, and creativity.