Santosh Adhikari

Yangon, Myanmar

I want to create art that bridges the gap between different groups in human society, more specifically, the stark ethnic divides in Myanmar.

Why did you choose Cornell and AAP?

Cornell's "Any person any study" principle drew me to the school. I wanted to dive into the many academic fields that I am interested in, some of which are fine arts, architecture, computer science, and business. At AAP, not only can I pursue the fine arts, but I could also take architecture and urban planning classes that could benefit me in the future as an artist.

What inspired you to become an artist?

My own experience as a closeted gay young adult in Myanmar fueled my drive to create art. In art, I found refuge from the harsh realities of the world. Through art, I could express myself in a way I could not. Exploring my identity through art helped me eventually come to terms with my sexuality and come out to my loved ones. I want to create art that bridges the gap between different groups in human society, more specifically, the stark ethnic divides in Myanmar.

What experiences have contributed to your sense of belonging at AAP?

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What are your extracurricular interests and how have you incorporated them into your college life?

Art and Design related clubs
Meditation and Mindfulness activities, retreats, courses, etc. 
Architectural Clubs
Business and Entrepreneurial Clubs
Fitness and Gym Clubs
Indian/South Asian Dance

What do you hope to accomplish during your time at AAP and after graduation?

I hope to gain the skills to create work that is direct, informative, innovative, and transformational. I also hope to learn from the other amazing students who all have much to contribute. I also hope to learn artistic skills that are applicable in other fields such as marketing and/or real estate development.

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