Don’t try to pronounce my name. It seems like nobody can get it right. So… uh… hello everyone. Welcome to my page. My name is Niko, and I am a student at Freestyle Academy, enrolled in Digital Media, English, and Animation, and I look like that guy to the left.
What I’d like to share about myself is that I do a few things outside of school. I am a Martial Artist who does mainly Tae Kwon Do. I have been a martial artist for the past several years, and are now an instructor. I also play a bit of classical guitar and have been doing so for at least a few years. I also attend the Holy Virgin Russian Orthodox Church in Palo Alto and have been an altar boy for several years. I play quite a few sports as well. Basketball, Tennis, Table Tennis, Biking, and a sprinkle of various other sports here and there are the ones I enjoy. I also do enjoy playing video games, especially games like Forza, TF2, and Smash Ultimate.
My origins trace back to a small country known as Georgia, a former Communist-controlled nation that is located between the Caspian and the Black Sea. Both of my parents are from Georgia, and so is my entire extended family. They immigrated here a couple of decades ago because my dad got a job offer here. I was born here in the Bay Area, and have lived here all my life.
Prior to taking Freestyle, I did a lot of film stuff in middle school, being the main editor for the morning announcements in 7th and 8th grade, and doing various projects throughout those years, such as 3D printing, short films, and stop motions. Final Cut Pro was the program that I got used to using while I was in middle school, and it was a nice experience. When I came to Freestyle, I decided to go to Animation, because I wanted to try something a bit different. It’s difficult to describe my Freestyle experience so far. I’m very grateful for the friends I made and the things they introduced me to because there are truly some very interesting and talented people here, but there definitely is a big workload. What I value about being a Freestyle student is that not everything in life is fair. There are a lot of things I have done that I did not want to do or did not like doing, and some things in Freestyle are no exception, but what it taught me is that you are just going to have to take it to the chin and just do it. The things that motivate me the most when I do anything is showing my worth, and that I have to just get it done, no matter how much I don’t enjoy it, no matter how much I have to compromise things I do enjoy, no matter how many hours of sleep I lose, I just have to do it, and there aren’t other options.