My name is Dhrithi Vishwa and I’m student at Mountain View High School and a Design student Freestyle Academy. I was born and raised in California and am of Indian descent. I strongly value quality, acceptance, and kindness and I hope for these values to reflect in my work. I began my journey with digital art at the age of 10 after discovering the wonders of editing videos with iMovie. This small hobby grew into a huge love and passion for creating, and became a large part of who I am. In middle school I learned to use Adobe After Effects, and began creating motion graphics for my Instagram, and I’d spend all my free time doing it. In the beginning of high school, I learned Adobe Photoshop and began designing mini posters and flyers for fun. I fell in love with Photoshop and the artistic freedom it gave me, and I still love it for that reason. In my sophomore year, I began designing for SLAM Magazine, an art and social justice magazine, and this gave me my first taste of what it’s like to create designs in a team in a (somewhat) professional setting. Designing for SLAM is what made me finally realize that I love being a designer of things, and that I want to be a designer for the rest of my life. That’s why I’m now at Freestyle Academy studying design, and I hope that I can be a professional in an area of design in the future!
In my spare time, I enjoy learning anime openings on my viola! I’ve been a violist for 5 years, and my experience with playing in an orchestra has given me confidence, friends, and community. Music has been a huge part of me since childhood, and it’s shaped me as a person in many different ways. I love music, so when I really need to destress I often play rhythm games. I enjoy rhythm games because they help me improve my focus, hand-eye coordination, and, of course, sense of rhythm by playing charts for fun songs that I enjoy listening to. Apart from music, I really value community service and am a Girl Scout of 8 years. I have successfully completed projects for the Bronze and Silver awards and am continuing to on to complete my Gold award this year. I hope that the work I do as a Girl Scout will have a lasting impact on my community, as I want to do my part to make the world a better place.
This year at school, I hope to step out of my comfort zone and meet new people, and also improve my time management and organizational skills. In Freestyle specifically, I want to grow as a designer and improve my sense of the design principles so I can utilize them in my work. I’m also excited to learn about what is expected of me in a professional setting in a creative field so that I am better prepared for the future.