The past ten weeks at the A Place in A Park (APAP) program have been an insightful learning experience. Before coming to APAP, I had been apart of the environmental and science club at my school. I had a bit of prior exposure to environmental studies but received a whole lot more at this program.
Hello again, everyone! If you’re tuning in to hear from lil’ Syd on the next round of blog posts, then I thank you for joining me! Now that you’re along for the ride, I want to talk about GTHOT (getting the heck out there). Yup, that is an acronym I made up literally as I was writing this, but it encompasses the topic of this post. Anybody and everybody should get out into nature and see all the beauty that is around you!
When you’re raised on an island, you are constantly interacting with nature. The tradewinds swirl through the ti leaves and breeze through your screened windows, the mosquitoes buzz around the sitting water around your father’s potted plants, and the plumerias gracefully lay on the poky grass. Continue reading
I have to admit, I love photos of myself now. When I was in high school I was “gawky,” as an acquaintance five years later coined. We and a bunch of other young-adult friends had just spent a tiring day in Hiroshima City, Japan. We went around guessing how we were all like in high school. He wasn’t wrong. I was awkward and hated seeing myself in photos. However, over time I started to realize the importance of preserving my memories through photography, particularly self-portraiture. I came to learn it as a way to get out into the world and tell the visual story of my life.
What’s up everyone? I’m Aron Yohannes. I’m from Skyway, Washington. It is ten miles south of downtown Seattle, between Rainier Beach and Renton. My family is originally from Eritrea in east Africa, bordered by Ethiopia and the Red Sea. Due to Eritrea’s war for independence and also for opportunity, my very large family decided to immigrate to Seattle in 1989 with the sponsorship of a church in Seattle.
Hello Everyone. I am Auriza Ugalino. I am a second-generation Filipino American, born in California, but raised in Washington state. My name comes from my two grandmothers “Aurora” and “Rizalina”, and my last name is an indigenous name from the Philippines roughly meaning “of the mindset”.
Hi everybody, my name is Sydne Yas Dresser, and I’m a new IMBY intern as of April 2018. If we haven’t met before, allow me to officially introduce myself. I am currently a senior at the University of Washington studying both Spanish and International Studies, and mentally preparing myself to become an ‘adult’ in a month when I graduate from UW. I have spent my entire life – a short 22 years – in Washington state.
Hello! My name is Shannon Urabe (pronounced as oo-raw-bay) and my pronouns are she/her. I’ve asked a couple people what my last name means, and most people have translated it as, “ocean” and “along” or “side.” So it very, very, very roughly translates to shoreline (I think…no one has been able to give me a clear answer¯\_(ツ)_/¯). As for my first name, my mom named me after the character Shannon in the movie called Far and Away, because she liked how they pronounced Shannon with an Irish accent.
For the first time, I got to experience Bainbridge Island not on a soccer field, but at a very special place memorializing the exclusion of Japanese Americans from the island. I have been to Bainbridge many times to play competitive club soccer, so I am familiar with the soccer fields and teams, but everything else on that island was a green blur that I experienced through a window as I drove to get to my next game.
Two weekends ago, I spent seven hours on my feet, in the sun, and having high-energy conversations with strangers. When I got home, I barely had the energy to get a glass of water before falling on my couch. I’m a little ashamed of what I ate for dinner that night – it may or may not have consisted of tortilla chips and carrots.