Hi and welcome to my website! I’m Syd Johnsen and I am a senior at both Freestyle Academy and Los Altos High. There is no doubt that Freestyle has so far been one of the best experiences of my life. The Design, Digital Media, and English classes have all pushed me to be more creative than I ever thought I could be. In each class, I feel comfortable and free to be who I am as a person and as an artist. The Freestyle community has become a second family to me, and I feel supported by each and every person within it. Through this, I have also developed more true friendships than I ever would have imagined with both graduated Freestyle students and the new junior class. Although each individual student here applied for a different reason, I feel that we all share the same passion and drive for art. I am inspired by sitting in class everyday listening and contributing to discussions or activities held by my peers and teachers. The work that I do at Freestyle is by far the most rewarding because I am challenged daily. Whether it’s learning new techniques in Adobe Illustrator, or producing my own music with Pro Tools, I learn something new everyday. I have already experienced so much and I cannot wait to put my heart and soul into my last year here.
Apart from school, my favorite thing to do is to spend time with my closest friends and family. I have two very supportive parents, two really energetic, loving little brothers, and two labs whom I love very much. Another big part of my life has been swimming. I have been swimming with the same team since I was four years old. As I have gotten older, I’ve been given the opportunity to coach the younger kids on the swim team. Working with the little kids had always made me really happy and I absolutely love my job! I work as swim coach as a paid job and volunteer position at a separate pool. Some of my favorite things to do for fun is going to the beach, pool, walks and hikes with my dogs, or spur the moment outings and drives with my friends.
I am in the process of applying to a 4-year university as a graphic design major. I look forward to finding out how and where I will be spending the next four years! I hope you enjoy my art and website!