By Alice Kresberg
I think this is my most meaningful piece of work because it speaks to identity a lot. People who struggle with making friends or getting good grades will connect with this piece. Beware, the beautiful sunsets and powerful words might make some cry.
I got this idea after recently becoming obsessed with taking pictures of the skyline and sunsets from my house. I have been struggling with finding the “right” group of friends in high school and understand the academic pressure put on teenagers. I decided to put the photos and my personal experience together to convey my message.
Meet the Pair
MENTEE ALICE KRESBERG & MENTOR AMELIA POSSANZA
Alice’s Anecdote: Amelia, my mentor, and I always meet at this one coffee shop in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. It’s always a struggle to find a table and pick something to eat. Our conversations about writing can be a bit weird, such as this one conversation we had about an octopus who was a librarian. The customers sitting next to us probably think we’re crazy and usually give us some side eyes.
Amelia’s Anecdote: Alice and I first connected over her cats. She has two—Lola and Charlie—and I’ve got one. As we continued to meet for our writing sessions, though, I quickly realized that we also share a love of sitting quietly to write (often while eating brownies!) and playfully building on each other’s prompts. Alice’s imagination is quick to leap into other worlds, whether she’s casually describing her mother as an eight-armed librarian in conversation or writing a story about a girl who can speak, not just to wolves, but to every animal in the kingdom. Yet her writing is always grounded in this world and shows us our surroundings in a new light. Hers is a voice that we all need to hear.
Alice Kresberg is a junior at a high school in Manhattan, NY. She transferred in her sophomore year from a high school in Brooklyn, NY. She enjoys writing, crocheting, listening to music, baking and more. She has two cats, Charlie and Lola who she enjoys spending time with.