“Last summer I traveled with two friends through Eastern Europe. Every time I arrived in a new city I would turn on Tinder kind of as a fun experiment. I was curious just to see what would happen. When we arrived in Ukraine, Maryana and I matched and we started talking. The next day we continued our journey so we were not able to meet in real life. When I got back to Amsterdam I kept in touch with her. After a few months I suggested we would meet and so she invited me to celebrate Orthodox Christmas with her family in Ukraine. The first few days I stayed with her in Lviv, the city where she goes to university. After four days we went to her parents house by train in Ternopil. I really liked her but I was too shy to tell her that so on the train when she suddenly asked if I liked her, I panicked. Instead of answering her questions I repeated her question: ’‘Do you like me?” which made her think I meant I was being sarcastic. Luckily it did not take long before we both understood we really liked each other. We just spend a romantic long weekend here in Amsterdam. Unfortunately I’m about to take her to the airport because she is flying home. I’m really going to miss her but also I know it won’t be long before I see her again.“

“In 4th grade I discovered that I want to become a writer. That is when I wrote a story called ‘The land of Macaroni and Cheese Warriors.’ It’s about a Macaroni Kingdom that has to fight the Spoon Kingdom. The Spoon King tries to take the throne of the Macaroni Kingdom but luckily the King of the Macaroni Kingdom is really strong and can’t be defeated. When he and his Queen get back to their palace they find out that there is this party going on of which they had no idea was happening in the first place. They also find out they got robbed by the Kingdom of Marshmallows. It’s a little scary but it all ends well, I promise you”