Welcome to my page! My name is Saumeya Suseenthiran, and in 2019-2021, I was a Junior and Senior at Freestyle Academy. At Freestyle, I took Digital Media and Design. I loved these classes because they allowed me to express myself through a creative outlet and taught me skills that are crucial in the job industry currently. I valued the community at Freestyle as well just because everyone was so passionate about their art, and being around them makes me more excited about my art. Freestyle personally influenced me in more ways than I can ever possibly count. I will be forever grateful for the skills I learned, my fellow Freestylers and the teachers that I admired so much. I 100% would not have been able to attend my dream school without the knowledge I gained throughout my Freestyle experience. Freestyle quite literally shaped my future and I was so honored to have been a part of this exceptional community of hard-working, creative individuals.
In my spare time, I liked to listen to many different kinds of music. My playlists were a mixture of rap, hard and alternative rock, tons of R&B, and pop, which I felt reflected my diverse personality. My favorite TV Shows were New Girl, Phineas and Ferb, Parks and Recreation and Brooklyn 99, and my favorite movies were Love Rosie, Knives Out, and every single Marvel movie. I was also extremely passionate about fine art growing up. I took art classes since the age of 4, and it was by far my most treasured passion. I enjoyed working with variants of mediums and techniques and have experienced working with all kinds. Some of my artistic inspirations included Claude Monet, who I believed genuinely defined what color means. Musically, I was fond of MGK, Kid Cudi, Daniel Caesar, The Weeknd, Kanye West, Frank Ocean, ABBA, Billy Joel and Stevie Wonder.
My ethnicity was also very important to me. My parents are both immigrants from Sri Lanka. Being an only child and a first-generation American provided pressures on my life, but at the same time, it shaped my priorities. I valued what it took for my parents to come to this country and essentially start over, and it made me more grateful not just for my life but my culture as well. It is something I was incredibly proud and honored to possess.
Along with gratitude, I valued kindness and the act of caring for others more than anything. It was a force that drives every decision I made as well as how I see the world. My compassion was what drove my actions in the social aspects of my life and how I view political and societal issues.