“Find joy in the journey” that’s something I live by every morning as I wake up to start a new day. My name is Carmen Diaz and I am a junior in City Tech trying to fulfill my goal of getting my bachelors degree in communication design. I have always had a passion for art I remember thinking to myself “ I want to become an artist” I would always draw birds, it was something I felt like I was amazing at! Becoming something that involved art was a dream that was so far from reach, I felt like I would never find a career that had something to do with this passion of mine.

But as I walk and make my way to city tech every day it becomes more and more of a reality. You see, I have had my fair share of struggles, in fact, I can tell you that for the most part there haven’t been much rainbows and sunshine at the end of the day. But as I grow older I have come to understand that life will throw us many curveballs, some we see coming while others are out of the blue but with everything I’ve had thrown my way I’ve learned one thing and it’s that you have to love yourself! It may sound so cliche but I don’t think many of us understand just how important that is! Battling insecurities is the worst especially if it’s with yourself.

I realized that the truth to a lot is that I have to fight as if I were the only one standing. I have to go through every day believing in myself and my capabilities! If you think about it, how many of us depend on others for happiness or for a confirmation that whatever it is we are doing is the right thing? It’s insane! Why must we live up to other peoples expectations? Therefore as I walk my way through the streets of Brooklyn I am powerful enough to understand that every now and then will have the battle to face and I will have unexpected curve balls but guess what? I believe in myself and I know that I have to fight whatever it is that is thrown at me because, in the end, I am finding the joy in my journey.