Janki Patel ALL the superficial things you could know about me and more :)

Hello! Let's get the basics out of the way. My name is Janki Patel. I was born in Jersey City, NJ but I do not remember anything about it because I've lived in SC since I was 3. For 8 years I lived in Columbia, SC, and just recently my family moved to Lake City, SC. My major is Psychology, BA. I'm thinking about minoring in art because I am interested in working with art therapy in the future! Here are some pictures to help you get to know me better.

A look at my time in Gujarat, India in December 2014. In the bottom right picture, the woman standing behind is my mother. She's such a strong woman, and although we aren't "best friends" I love and appreciate her and everything she has ever done for my brother and me. And yes, all those ladies are members of my family. I have so many family members that I meet relatives every year I didn't even know I had.
I love to dance. When I was younger, I took lessons in tap, jazz, ballet, and clogging. I did Bharatanatyam, a traditional and super religious form of Indian dance, for about 6 years. And I was in my high school's color guard for 4 years. I was also part of my high school's African Drum and Dance Ensemble for 3 years. Even now at Clemson, my journey through dance continues! I am a member of Clemson Dholna, our Bollywood fusion dance team!!
My roommate is one of my best friends from high school! The constant glue that has held our friendship together throughout these years is none other than kpop!! I have been listening to Korean music for five years now. A year after I started listening to kpop, I introduced it to Kaylee, my roommate, at the end of our first semester together in high school. Now we're here in our first year of college together. And after my five years of immersing myself into kpop and Korean culture, we are about to have our first ever kpop experience THIS YEAR. We are seeing GOT7 this Saturday (Jan. 21) in Miami Beach, FL, and our favorite group of all time: BTS (pictured in the bottom left corner) in March at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. BTS are the people who constantly amaze me and inspire to work hard and be a better person. To say I'm excited to see them in concert is a huge understatement.
I have been drawing for as long as I can remember. Because I grew up in an Indian family, my art has been greatly influenced by henna designs and rangoli. Art is without a doubt, my number go-to creative outlet. The drawing on the left was a gift to the mother of one of my good friends, who is also one of the sweetest dance teachers I know. The drawing in the middle is a result of my first ever heartbreak during my freshman year of high school. The drawing on the right was a result of me doodling a few weeks at a camp I went to. Whenever we had free time, or if I was bored, I would pull out my notebook and start doodling. (Side note: I absolutely LOVE notebooks and pens.)
And here is my most recent piece! This is the biggest drawing I've ever completed. My roommate and I plan to color it throughout the semester whenever we get too stressed.

And that's basically all you really need to know about me: I'm Indian- American, I love kpop and kdramas, I dance, and I love to draw. Now, just because it's all you need to know, doesn't mean that is all there is to me. So here are some things that people don't really mention when they're letting people get to know them: the way they think and see the world, what they think their purpose in life is, etc.

These are things that are so important about who we are as people, but we fail to let people know who we really are. And it's difficult. It is extremely difficult to open up to people and to let them know who you are, and what you have to offer. Even for myself, it is difficult. And the only reason I am doing it right now is solely because I am hiding behind a screen. That being said, here goes nothing:

I dislike small talk. It's awkward, and I'm awkward. So it makes me feel even more awkward. Not fun, but I guess it's just a part of life. There's usually not much going on in my day to day life, so I don't enjoy talking about everyday things. "How was your day?" Even if my day was bad, it is unlikely I am going to tell the person I'm talking to about it. We've been socially programmed to ask questions like "How are you?" and send back responses like "Fine, and you?" But so many of us are busy with our day to day tasks and lives that we really don't take note of how someone's day was, or if they're really doing okay. I adore deeper level conversations. It is extremely important as an individual to be able to have deep conversations about how we think the world works, or why we think we are the way we are, what happens to us after we die, etc. That's what I look for in friends. Someone who I can have fun with, of course, but can also be someone I can occasionally talk about the important things with. And that is the type of friend I intend to be.

Okay, well I believe I've made this blog post much longer than anyone intended. If you read this entire post, bless your heart. You're awesome. I'll just end it here with one of my favorite quotes.

"I survived because the fire inside me burned brighter than the fire around me."

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