gap year overview based on locations





Let me preface by saying that this is not by any means a truthful representation of the year. A lot of significant moments were undocumented. And perhaps one of the most important experiences of the year ---- living by myself, feeling various types of loneliness and thinking about accomplishment and satisfaction ---- was simply undocumentable through photos or even texts.

This is just my self-indulgent attempt at remembering the beauty of the year, while I was anything but mentally stable for a whole year and three months.

So please, don’t be fooled by the sometimes beautiful appearance of the pictures. 



East Coast broadly
5.20.19 - 6.8.19


1```The Start???
2```Friends, old & new
3```Lots of coffee shops



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︎got my first tattoo
︎meeting up with high school friends
︎Princeton alum reunion
︎Princeton graduation
︎my first psychedelic experience





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︎thinking about connections between all the seemingly disparaging things I was interested in 






New Hampshire
6.8.19 - 6.16.19


4```A dream in the middle of nowhere



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︎retreat with some college friends





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︎thinking about the absurdities about being a human, and how that’s funny





Philadelphia
6.17.19 - 8.13.19


5```When work and leisure become one
6```I just want to feel special!!!
7```Yikes * 4
8```New challenges!!!
9```Building a world
10```Coming together
11```The worst time, the best time
12```A few twists and turns later...




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︎independent research at Penn
︎applying for Gnomon’s 2-year program





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︎thinking a LOT about creativity. how i’d lost it. how i could regain it. wanted to prove to myself that i could paint imaginative things.
︎thinking about beliefs, religion, cults. Am i able to devote myself to doing anything without making it a religious experience, or is religion fundamentally about the adamant belief in a thing being “the truth” and giving a way of the self






Portland
8.14.19 - 8.20.19


13```Being inspired around



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︎visiting Cammie’s hometown with Megan





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︎thinking about the creative community




Beijing, Shanghai
8.21.19 - 9.8.19


14```A homeless going home
15```Measuring myself
16```Thinking about failure for the nth time



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︎going to art shows and book fairs
︎meeting up with middle school friends




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︎thinking about failure





Inner Mongolia
9.9.19 - 9.15.19


17```Inner Mongolia



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︎cousin’s 12th birthday





Kathmandu, Pokhara
9.20.19 - 9.27.19


18```Nepal



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︎traveling with my parents




19```Summer summary (next stops)


London
9.29.19 - 12.21.19


20```Shedding some dead skin
21```The happiest
22```Feeling alive not living my life, I guess
23```Thoughts on creativity
24```The most important project of my gap year
25```The purpose of it all
26```Reframing my life’s purpose
27```Last days in London



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︎studying game art full-time
︎started my documentary project (applied for Sundance Documentary Fund, did shoots with UCL SAP’s co-founder and current president, interviewed Karl Friston and Robin Carhart-Harris)
︎hanging out with college/hs/elementary school friends who were studying there or visited





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︎thinking about the shadows




28```Mid-gap year reflection


Beijing
12.22.19 - 1.12.20, 1.21.20-1.25.20


29```China



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︎showing Diana around
︎pulling together the crowdfunding campaign
︎reaching out to bajillion film professionals and potential donors, barely got any response





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︎thinking about connections and love






Shanghai
1.13.20 - 1.20.20


29```China



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︎max/msp
︎more documentary work




Park City
1.25.20 - 2.2.20


30```Sundance



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︎volunteering at Sundance
        ︎Sutu
        ︎Ai weiwei
︎meeting people
︎raised 20k




Los Angeles
2.3.20 - 2.16.20


31```Finally, LA



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︎one more interview,
︎organizing, building a team





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︎thinking about achievement and desire for achievement




Oaxaca
2.17.20 - 3.8.20


32```Mexico and my first artist residency



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︎first artist residency





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︎thinking about the bubbles in the world, and how, the world is so big, and people are so busy carrying on with their own lives, that no one is really watching you all the time, which was a freeing realization.




Bay Area
3.9.20 - 3.16.20


33```COVID-19, Bay Area, flashing strobe light



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︎three more interviews
︎adapting to covid




Philadelphia
3.17.20 - 3.28.20


34```A paulse,,,,,,a start......(again)



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︎figuring out where to go
︎officially quarantined & started learning Blender





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︎thinking about how I never managed to feel less restless in my mind throughout the gap year: why do I keep wanting to run away and escape into a new life and a new self? What’s the inner work that I should do to understand this more?




Simpsonville
3.29.20 - 5.28.20


35```The formless self
36```p/a/r/t/s
37```21 and confused
38```First week of adulthood? ?? ???
39```Just creating



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︎staying with my friend Alex
︎started collaboration with QRI
︎naturally picked up some digital media things
︎allowed myself to rest & “recuperate”





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︎ thought about realistic matters. what did i do in the year. how am i going to earn a living in the future?
        ︎ started feeling insufficient




Asheville
5.28.20 - 8.6.20


40```Read with me: mass incarceration, prison abolition, criminal justice and intersections
41```A short list of worlds I enjoyed
42```Living with unrest & irregular bursts of energies in scattered places while being trapped indoors
43```Calling myself an artist
44```2 months in Asheville, and creating Looking At You
45```One internship and three projects (film, architecture, music video and web book(



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︎meeting up with Kira
︎officially dived into digital media art
︎IFP internship
︎worked on multiple projects




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︎thinking about the creative community
︎thinking about the various types of loneliness and what meaning I could get out of them




Princeton
8.6.20 - 8.28.20


46```Back to Princeton & saying goodbye, again



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︎dropping the documentary project
︎organizing co-living programs
︎meeting up with friends!!
︎reflecting on the year





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︎thought about local communities, settling, my floater personality






End of gap year series


Things I didn’t know I’d learn this year
Major directions for approaching the gap year as. acreative






exploring historiographic metafiction
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