I’m Allison Huang, a junior at Freestyle Academy and Mountain View High School. I’m part of the Design elective at Freestyle, and I also take Digital Media and English there.
I feel like I’m about as unartistic as an artistic person can get, and because of that I operate on the border of art and STEM fields. While I take a lot of STEM oriented classes at MVHS, Freestyle is where I do my creative work in art, design, and music. So far, I’ve really enjoyed it because of the variety of media that it exposes you to and because it pushes you out of your comfort zone. As someone who will stay with what they know when left unattended, this exposure to concepts and media that I never knew existed and the encouragement to try something new is extremely valuable, and I’m really excited for what’s to come.
Outside of school, I play guitar and a bit of piano, listen to current events podcasts religiously, and am part of MVLA’s Speech and Debate team.
JUNIOR YEAR REFLECTION
While my Freestyle experience this year was definitely not a normal one given the pandemic and remaining in distance learning for the bulk of the year, I still found it incredibly valuable in pushing me out of my comfort zone and exposing me to a variety of media and the ways in which they can be used to tell stories.
I really enjoyed our documentary project (even though it was condensed) — both in the print side of writing a profile and the media side of using InDesign to lay it out and create a visual experience. It was my first time doing this kind of writing, and though it took me a little while to figure out, I’m pretty happy with the final product.
Overall, I think I’ve come out of this year with a better understanding of what’s available in the realm of digital storytelling as well as more experience under my belt. While the latter sounds pretty obvious, it has definitely given me more insight on how the creative side of me works and how I should best harness it in order to produce good work without burning myself out.