Hello! My name is Bija Haxhicani and I am currently a senior at Freestyle Academy. Through this program, I am taking classes such as English, Design, and Digital Media that I hope will help develop my knowledge with the usage of technology and allow me to acquire many skills I can use in my future. Prior to Freestyle, I wasn’t exposed to as many advanced applications. I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with these many applications and to also learn from my teachers and classmates. Through this program, I have been able to challenge myself and expand my creativity beyond expectations by creating projects I was unaware I was capable of producing. Beyond the classes, the community at freestyle is amazing. The students are here to be themselves, express creativity through new dimensions and help one another become stronger. It is a very beautiful thing and I am beyond thankful to experience it as well as be a part of it.
Outside of freestyle, you can find me in the pool swimming, playing water polo, hanging with family, going on adventures with friends, or going to the beach and soaking up the sun. I love finding new forms of art either expressed through fashion, buildings or pieces of artwork. Through my artwork, I hope to aspire a spark of curiosity and interest that constantly arises in me when I view art. I also love different bodies of water as well. Whether be in the ocean, pool, or lake, you can find me in the water swimming around and taking in the beauty of the waves, fishes and the water itself.
In my junior year at freestyle, I was able to expand my knowledge with the usage of many adobe applications to express my creativity through various art forms such as a illustration, photo, video, etc. I was able to create many different types of projects but my favorite freestyle project so far so far has been my documentary project on arranged marriage for Albanian girls in both America and Montenegro . This project allowed myself to step out of my comfort zone especially with my family and dig into the roots of the stories that form the existence of who we are today. In order to design my 30 page spread, I used applications like Adobe Photoshop illustrator to complete a finished composition of my writing, photography, and digital illustrations. I’m happy with the outcome of this project because it reflects who not only the women in my family are but how they, the culture and traditions have shaped me into the woman I am today.