My name is Makeda Yezalaleul and I am in Digital Media at Freestyle Academy.
Some interesting facts about me include that my parents are both from Ethiopia, so I visit every other summer and stay with my grandparents. This past summer I went back and spent two weeks at an organization called PEFAN which helps struggling children/teens by providing them with the proper education and life skills to help them thrive and prosper once they leave the PEFAN house. I spent one hour each day for two weeks teaching high school and ongoing university students English. I started by asking them what they needed help with since they already knew how to speak and write the language to a certain extent. Eventually, I began teaching them grammar skills and gave them a set of vocabulary words everyday to learn. After a few classes, I started teaching them my true passion, poetry.
I fell in love with poetry in the eighth grade when I was asked to write a poem about where I’m from. During freshman year, poetry was reintroduced to me in the form of a unit in my English class. There, I was able to explore the methods of poetry I liked the most. I have since joined my school’s slam poetry team and plan on continuing to compete in the Bay Area Unified District Poetry Slam until I graduate from LAHS. I hope I can incorporate my poetry and others’ within my projects at Freestyle.
Other than poetry, I enjoy music (all kinds), visual art, and my secret addiction is binge watching documentaries (non-nature centered preferably). In my free time I also like to upcycle clothes. This is when you take clothes you no longer wear or are outdated, and change them by adding or subtracting something to make a more attractive piece of clothing.
In the other sections of my website, you will see me exhibit how I learned to use unconventional forms to express myself through the several units. Through my major projects at Freestyle, I’ve been able to enhance my techniques on several different applications such as Pro Tools, Premiere Pro, Photoshop, and Dreamweaver. I enjoyed having the opportunity to produce what I, myself, wanted, and having the ability to self-improve what I made to create an overall amazing piece of work.