A little bit about me.
My name is Anna and I'm from Halifax, MA. I grew up in Bridgewater, a town over, with an older sister, a younger brother, my mom and dad, and a yellow lab. I had quite the perfect childhood. In the third grade, my mom made the decision to take us out of the public school systems and begin homeschooling. I think it might've been one of the best things that has ever happened for me. Throughout the years, I have been given the opportunity to pick and choose my own classes, studying specific subjects I'm interested in. Having this freedom has been nothing short of amazing.
My main hobby is theatre, and during my high school years I took part in about 3 or 4 shows a year. I fell in love with the arts. I don’t have one of those beautiful stories where it was one specific moment that made me feel this way - but all I know is that every time I sat down for a read through, or experienced that adrenaline rush before a show, I knew I was exactly where I needed and wanted to be. I was a part of many musicals at a young age, and gradually made my switch to plays in 2016. I found my true passion in acting. The raw emotion, vulnerability and power in theatre was something I adored, and couldn’t stop chasing. I never stopped.
In addition to theatre, another hobby of mine (though not sure if I would call it a hobby), is traveling. I caught the travel bug after spending a week in Malawi, an impoverished country on the east coast of Africa. I spent one week visiting schools, farms and communities in this beautiful country, learning firsthand about the work an NGO called Concern Worldwide was doing to aid the inhabitants. I met some of the most kindhearted and genuine people in one of the poorest countries in the world. This fact still amazes me to this day, and I spent the entire summer asking myself the same question: “How do people here live more happily than back at home, with close to nothing?” I then realized that ‘nothing” just actually meant a hell of a lot less materialistic items, and a hell of a lot more love, compassion and presence in day to day life. The summer of 2017 was when I knew that travel would surely become a big part of my life. It’s also the summer I began to develop a sincere interest in international development and humanitarian work.
I graduated high school in June of 2018, and decided to take a gap year to travel the world with an organization called Up With People. About four months into my travels and life on the road, my gap year turned to gap yearS. I have no idea what college or university l I will end up at, or what my specific area of study will be. The amount of times I’ve changed the “About Me” page on this website just goes to show I really don’t have it all figured out - and I’m so okay with that.
// Welcome to my journey. //