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  • Writer's pictureShiao-ya (Maggie) Huang

On the Pursuit of the Heart

Updated: Jul 16, 2021

Last week, I was honored to be invited back to the American Nicaraguan School (ANS) on Art Week by my former teachers, Kathia Chica and John Spiro, to give a talk. Due to the pandemic, the event was virtual. Moreover, due to the unpredictable internet situation in Nicaragua, I made a video instead of giving a live, physical talk. Nevertheless, the experience was still thrilling. It was my first talk to give to such a wide audience (all high school students, from 9th to 12th grade). I have always been kind of awkward in front of cameras (usually I'm behind them XD), thus it took me a lot of takes to get acceptable results.

Event Photos

In my video, A Journey of the HeART, I talked about pursuing art as a career and a major in college. Thanks to this opportunity, I was able to share my experiences and journey that brought me where I am today to my fellow juniors. I touched on stories from middle school to university life and showed them my works along the way, both the good ones and the terrible ones. I hope to encourage those who truly want to create art to go for it despite the fears. After all, four years of university is way too long to be doing something that doesn’t make you feel alive, and too short for that exact same thing as well.

Heart-warming words from ANS students

And to end off, here is a challenge for everyone of you: to

"create something today even if it sucks."


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