My name is Natalie Emerson. I am a Junior at Mountain View High School and a first year student at Freestyle Academy. I have 2 cats and a dog, I love art of all kinds, and have been painting and drawing all my life. I joined Freestyle for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be taught the groundworks of film and find a community of people that share my interests! I also joined for the chance to express my love for the arts in an environment that encourages all types of creativity. Throughout my first year at Freestyle I have gained so many valuable experiences. From unexpected successes, near-constant trial-and-error and countless new friendships with so many unique and talented people, my time so far at Freestyle has tremendously shaped me and my outlook on life and my future.
Outside of Freestyle, I enjoy learning about history, art, sketching, watching movies, and enjoying long walks and bags of popcorn with my friends. I also enjoy reading. Joan Didion is one of my favorite authors and someone who has inspired me. These are very important hobbies of mine , all of which have worked to shape my identity, values, and goals since I was little. My core values in life include working to maintain a strong sense of self, as I believe that is one of the most important parts of life. I strongly believe that success is measured by your ability to reach the goals that you set and not the ambitiousness of those goals. It’s important to mold your life around your passions and strengths, not getting caught up in the expectations of those around you. That is a big reason as to why I chose Freestyle. I did not feel fulfilled by the goals I was setting, and wanted to both challenge myself as well as allow myself to indulge in something that I truly loved by joining a program that allowed me to do both. I am excited to see what the future has in store.