Have you ever looked at a painting, read a poem, listened to music, or watched a performance and felt connected to the work?

I visually remember visiting Rome and seeing the Sistine Chapel. It was breathtaking, and I felt so free and grateful to have seen such beautiful artwork. I remember reading a poem at a gallery in New York about the story of a daughter and her father’s journey of encountering adversities but remaining hopeful. Their story inspired me to be more empathetic and loving towards others. It helped me appreciate all the hard work my father puts in for his children.

It was a performance that helped me make the most important decision in my life. I was a freshman attending Penn State University, majoring in psychology while performing musical theater as an extra activity. My father saw a passion in me for the arts and decided to take me to see my Idol Idina Menzel in her Broadway musical “If/Then”. The play itself was about life choices, it was then I realized that performing arts was the career path I wanted to pursue. It was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life, and it was how I was going to spread love and help others.

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