Meet Anya.

By Anya, Minnesota

By Anya, Minnesota

When I read about the Girls Design the World program on my school website, I was really excited about the opportunity. I love learning about different cultures and meeting new people, and I loved the idea of using STEAM to spread a valuable message to others.

My strongest area within the STEAM fields is definitely art—it is something I am very passionate about. Ever since I can remember, I’ve been creating things! While drawing is my strongest technique, I also love to paint, sculpt, take pictures, and make movies. I love finding new ways to express myself and continue to grow as an artist.

This fall, I took an art course at the Minneapolis College of Art & Design. One of the biggest things that my teacher emphasized was that creating is not just about the product; it is also about the process. This was huge for me, as I am a bit of a perfectionist. I learned that instead of worrying so much about the end result, it is important to focus on the process. Stepping outside your comfort zone and trying new things is the best way to grow and expand your abilities. Below is the self-portrait I created as my class final—the end product was one of my best works, while also the most difficult to create.

At Girls Design the World, I am learning to create in innovative ways, using new skills and techniques. Most of the time it is fun, but it can be challenging. I am trusting the process as we work together to solve problems and design exhibitions. Based on my experience in art class, I know that this will lead us to create something mind-blowing to impact our world.