Kasia Cummings, mentee
My name is Kasia Cummings and I am 16 years old. I was born September 19th, 1997, which makes me a Virgo. I love to write, draw, dance, sing, and to practice the art of makeup. My favorite color is green and my favorite food is brownies. When I grow up I want to be three things; I want to be confident, I want to be successful, and I want to be happy.
Elle Brosh, mentor
My name is Elle Brosh. Okay yes, I know, my real name is Arielle, but no one calls me by that name… except a few Hebrew-school teachers… and my grandmother when she’s upset with me. I dwell from the sandy side streets of Venice, California, home to muscle T’s and long boards, neither of which I would sport… well, at least not simultaneously. I love Los Angeles and all its gridlock trafficglory, but now I have committed myself to self-discovery in the bowels of New York City and Brooklyn, which is where my apartment is. I am a writer, photographer, filmmaker, and artist. I love to travel and learn about new cultures and new ideas. I love to cook and I have a food blog called “Hungry Broke Friends” with a couple of friends from two other liberal-arts schools upstate. This is my most recent project that I am very excited about, so whoever is reading this should definitely check it out! I love spending time outdoors and taking road trips to new places. I am in my third year of college at The New School where I study Film and Women’s studies, two passions that I have devoted a lot of my time to inside and outside of my academic career. I started my feminist endeavors at a young age, but I must acknowledge my mother for encouraging me to attend an all-girls middle and highschool, which is where I learned the importance of female relationships and sisterhood. I am lucky to have had many inspirational and motivating women mentors and confidants in my young adult life and I firmly believe that this is a privilege all girls should possess. Also, education, to me, is the upmost important human right in this world and I have dedicated my studies and my work to including girls, particularly at a young age, in all aspects of life that they have been excluded from in the past. Of course I am aware of the fact that this is not valued worldwide, and there are some political complexities that accompany the achievement women’s right globally, the U.S. still has a long way to go before it can present itself as a country without gender inequity being an issue. This feat requires a cultural shift and I hope be a part of this change. Why am I including this in my personal bio you ask? Well, this is me.
Here is Kasia's final piece for the Girls Write Now Digital Mentorship Program's Digital Exhibition, WRITE | CODE | SPEAK.