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Poster Board on Mental Health in Refugees.
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2/15/17
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For my Global Refugee Crisis artwork, I had to learn more about the crisis before I could create anything from it. I thought about refugees who had to leave their whole life behind and start a new one, sometimes all by themselves. I thought of the loneliness, the sadness, and the pain that they must feel of leaving their homes and everything that they have ever known. I also thought of their resilience and their strength to have gone through something like that and still want to go on and share their stories with the world. I thought of their bondage, which is why I used shackles and chains, then I thought of the words that described them, which is why I used block letters to fill in the chains. The flags in the background represent the countries that refugees are fleeing from and fleeing to. North Koreans go to China and Germans go to Ireland. I wanted to do something other than the Syrian refugee crisis because it is already known and spoken about. My theme for all my artworks is "Voice for the Voiceless" so I wanted to give a voice to the refugees that are not spoken about as often.
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1/19/17
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Hello everyone! My name is Natalya Nicholas and I am a student at Parkdale High School, which is in Riverdale, Maryland. I am currently a junior in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme. I am also in many different clubs and programs such as: LearnServe, Liberty’s Promise, Latino Club, the Seal of Biliteracy Program, the Teen Talent Bible Quiz Team, and the Vessels of Judah. I am also on the Youth Board at my church, which means that I get to be a voice for the youth, consulting them and making decisions in their interests. Last year, I was a fellow in the LearnServe program and I came back this year to be an ambassador. LearnServe is a program where high school students from different schools in the DMV come together to create change, to become entrepreneurs. I was one of three winners at the venture fair for the Maryland portion for my Feminism For All program idea. I love people and I love to create change. Those are two things that drive me to do the best I can at whatever I do. I love to step out of my comfort zone because if I try something new, it might end up being my favorite thing. For example, I am not an artist at all but I decided to do IB Art for my elective. It was very rough in the beginning because I had preconceived notions that art was all about drawing and painting, both of which I am not very good at, but then I discovered 3D art and it was amazing. I created a human body using papier-mache, plaster gauzes, wire, foam core, and paint. I used a real person, asked her to stand up for five hours, covered her from neck to ankle with Vaseline, then put newspapers dipped in glue all over her body, then covered her with plaster gauzes. I fell in love with the project, even though it was the hardest thing I have ever done. I also love to be a voice for the voiceless, which happens to be my theme for my artworks. I love to draw attention to the things that most people shy away from, I love to give people voices who have had their own voices stolen from them. I love to advocate for people’s rights and I believe that I can be anything that I want to be, if I try hard enough. That is also what makes me a feminist. I am also an immigrant who came from the small island of Jamaica. There is a phrase that we use in Jamaica, “We likkle but we tallawah!” which I think describes me perfectly. It means that even though we are small, we are strong.
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1/19/17
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Check out my first blog! #16stubc  
The Scintillating Scholar
The Scintillating Scholar
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