Being around youth is everything you would expect it to be. It's rewarding, it's intense, and many times it leaves me wondering what I was doing at their age. Well, certainly not what this group of international students were doing. Using the word amazing to describe the nature of these individuals is such a gross understatement. They are setting out to accomplish what many people in a lifetime combined never dream of accomplishing. The coolest part about this project was getting to visit their dorms and seeing how their different cultures influence the way they live, but also discovering how some problems are the same for students universally, no matter where they come from. On top of handling the art direction for this project, I was able to art direct and style the rooms and belongings we were showcasing in the spread. The hardest part of any great project is what doesn't make the cut. It's an easy process when you have content you don't love, but when you have so many great angles to pull from, you have to make tough choices.
The premise of this project was to have a discussion with each international student, about their lives before traveling to America, and about the items they brought and/or had accumulated in the States that had significant meaning to them.
We had two other incredible students that we met with and photographed, that due to limited space in the magazine, we had to feature them online. They represent Spain and Jamaica.
To read about these students and their significant items click here.