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Statement of Self

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1: THE JOURNEY BEGINS... | For my graduating year my school requires everyone to write their "manifesto". At first, I was stuck on the word "manifesto". It's a beautiful sounding word from the Latin "manifestum" which means clear. However this word has never had any positive connotations to me due to times in history when it has been used to show the doctrine of a regime. So instead, I'm going to take you on a manifestum journey (manifestum journeys sound much more festive anyhow). To clearly see who I am, what I stand for and where I am going, turn the page. So, let's get on with the | The manifestum journey | .

3: I believe names and their meanings can tell you a lot about a person. I know my own speaks volumes about who I am. Kristin Ariel means Christian Lioness of God and Evans means Warrior. I want to be known by those character traits and in some ways I already am. But I haven't fully grown into my name yet. My: family, experiences, beliefs and most importantly God brings me closer to growing into my name everyday.

5: My relationship with God is the best part of me. It's where I find my identity. I love how C.S Lewis puts it, "I believe in Christianity as I believe the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else." My beliefs make me the person I am today and guide me as I grow into a better reflection of God, Yahweh, Creator, my Maker. The greatest thing about God is His love. If I do nothing else in life I aim to try to love as He loves the world. I believe in the absolute truth that I am a sinner and that God's passionate love redeemed me through his own death. Taking on what should have been my penalty he nailed it to a cross; then rose from the dead! How can I not love and serve him?

6: A loving God. That is fundamentally my faith. Not "feel good love" mind you or "self-seeking love" but powerful, just, perfect LOVE. No matter how uncomfortable that love is I will follow his example. I am human and that means I can make things awkward when I am trying to make a friend. The world would have so many more friendships if we were all willing to be a little awkward sometimes. So, I would rather make a new friend than appear hip and cool to the rest of the world. Being suave is so underrated anyway.

7: "If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don't love, I'm nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. If I speak God's Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don't love, I'm nothing. If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don't love, I've gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I'm bankrupt without love. " - 1 Corinthians 13-7 | Have you noticed I'm a romantic?

8: Family is very important to me. All five of my siblings are my best friends. We have been there for each other for as long as I can remember. I am so privileged to have such close relationships with my family. All the laughter and tears we have shared have brought us together in ways I never thought possible.

10: the arts, | cinematography, | adventuring, | exploring, | learning, | biking | hiking | photography | sketching | My interests are many and incredibly varied. I LOVE: | reading | thrills | I am also a great lover of biology and psychology. There is this deep inner nerd who just lives to understand more about the human body and mind. Reading about both are fascinating; but, then again I love reading any good book. Books are the gateway to new ideas and movements. A good book is one of my favorite ways to relax, alongside listening to music and watching a good film.

11: I grew up in a wide variety of places: suburban neighborhoods in Maryland, summers on the beach in Kitty Hawk, NC, and on an adventure camp on the headwaters of the Chesapeake Bay. After 4 years in Durango, CO, my family moved to Paonia, CO, the home of 1,637 people and lots of cherry and peach trees. All of these different places I’ve called home have made me into a well rounded person who can find home no matter where I am.

12: Friendship is so important to me. All of my friends make my life varied and interesting. I love each and every one of them. Their is something indescribable about having friends who will share in your joy and your sorrow and will still love you no matter how messy you can be.

13: I have walked through depression, homelessness and my parents almost divorcing. Despite all of life's unwelcome circumstances I am now an optimist. I do know hard things happen, but that doesn't mean that you have to walk through life negatively. Instead, find the time to laugh and find the bright side of things. My sense of humor is unique. Stereotypes make me laugh and I can't get enough of dumb humor (Napoleon Dynamite and Monty Python all the way!). Being a black kid in small town Colorado can be pretty amusing, everyone expects you to be able to dance and throw down on chicken and watermelon. Well I really can't dance but I do anyway and nobody knows the difference. Chicken is tasty but I have allergies to all melons. You know that cute African American accent? I don't have one so I just imitate Madea. So, I guess you could say I'm a poor example of the stereotypical African American. None of that matters anyway, I know I am loved for who I am. My trust in God is the only way I am an optimist and know my place in the world.

16: shut up man and clown girl to the rescue

17: When I was small I knew when I grew up I wanted to be a hero. Exactly what kind of hero changed by the day, A nurse, gymnast, firefighter, missionary or someone who just simply changed the world. The why of my wanting to be a hero wasn't for the right reasons. It was about getting the glory not doing what was actually needed. I still want to be the hero and I'm learning the right reasons for being one. Like simply being there for someone when they need someone to just listen. Or doing what needs to be done and loving everyday with all you have. | I know what I want to do for the rest of my life. I am going to create films that create change and connect people to the truth. I also want to become certified in emergency medicine. The ability to be able to serve during crises is priceless to me. I've already begun working towards both of these goals. I have worked with Paint the Dog Productions in Durango, CO assisting on a documentary about women healing from poor self image. This semester and over the summer I will complete a course to become a certified Midwifery Assistant and I'm checking into EMT training locally. For this upcoming year, I am taking a gap year to save for film school and to get real world experience in the film industry.


19: There is so much to do to leave the world a better place for the next generation. I want to live a life that promotes those changes. Like in small ways such as smiling more and in bigger ways like seeing an end to the sex slave trade, world hunger and so many different diseases. I want to open the eyes of my generation to the war we are called to fight. This war battles against living in apathy with the motto “party today, for tomorrow we die,” and chooses to live a life that gives instead of takes. That's as simple as encouraging a person and as complex as crying out for peace during a period of unrest.

20: I decide with the time I have been given to do justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly before my God (Micah 6:8)

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