Ever since I can remember, I have had a passion for storytelling. Stories go beyond mere entertainment as they have the power to inspire, to heal, to bond, to touch hearts, and to change the world. People love stories because we are each living one out - collectively and individually. The reason we love stories filled with adventure and beauty and passion is because they remind us of the ultimate story that has been unfolding since the beginning of time. They remind us that something is missing - something we were always meant to have.

When I was nineteen years old, I had just finished three years of college education, majoring in Sign Language Interpretation. Sign Language and interpretation allowed me to utilize my creativity and actualize my desire for storytelling and dramatic performance. However, a variety of circumstances lead me to take an entire year off of formal schooling and focus on developing a greater understanding of my interests and passions, which ultimately led to the production of my family's first feature-length film, Through the Storm. Everything that I experienced during that year caused me to reflect deeply on my life and on what my personal, educational, and professional goals are. As a result, I decided to switch colleges, degrees, and careers.

I am now an Interdisciplinary Studies student in my last semester at the University of Central Florida. My areas of study are Humanities (History) and Health (American Sign Language), with a minor in Entrepreneurship. Following graduation, I plan to attend several filmmaking camps and secure an internship with International Justice Mission. My ultimate goal is to use film to bring awareness, thereby helping eradicate, social injustices in this world such as slavery and sex trafficking. I would like to use my passion for film and merge it with my desire for justice to help rescue victims and end this terrible trade.

I wish my life to bring sparks of flame to people's hearts by embodying the spirit of the unicorn in C.S. Lewis' The Last Battle upon finally arriving in the new Narnia: "This is my real country! I belong here. This is the land I have been looking for all my life, though I never knew it till now. The reason why we loved the old Narnia is that it sometimes looked a little like this. Bree-hee-hee! Come further up, come further in!" (Lewis, 171). The reason why we love this world is that it sometimes reminds us of what it was meant to be and of what it will be. I hope to use film to help reclaim its lost beauty, adventure, and passion.

Lewis, C.S. “Further Up and Further In.” The Last Battle. New York: Collier Books, 1970. 171. Print.