By Alex Long
As college application deadlines are approaching fast, Seniors are hurriedly trying to finish their applications on time. While some may be cranking out essays or squeezing in a few more service hours, Senior Allyson Kim is making a mini documentary about death. She explains, “I was zoning off in class one day and just came up with the idea.” In the video, she asks Glenelg students a range of questions from how they think they will die, to how they would like to be remembered. “Its interesting to hear what people have to say about such a heavy topic, I like getting a reaction out of people and making them feel something.” She plans to turn the video into a series, the next video centering around Glenelg Staff. Kim intends for the videos to be sent in as a part of her portfolio with her college applications.
Kim wants her art to carry over to college and is planning to apply to SCAD, MICAH, FIDM, VCU and, SAIC with hopes of majoring in Graphic Design. Kim’s college resume looks different from the rest in another aspect; she started and maintains a buisiness.
Kim started Sundivided started on a whim to make some extra money over the summer. She recalls, “I had not a dollar in my pocket and wanted to make a change.” Started on July 4th, 2015, the company features Kim’s original designs on t-shirts, hoodies, and even stickers. She begins by mirroring her hand-drawn designs onto her computer where she edits the designs to her liking. Kim then transfers the design onto a screen, which can then be used to print the design onto fabric. With a five star rating on Etsy and more than 1881 sales, the business has blossomed into what Kim likes to call, “the biggest accomplishment of my life”.
Now however, Kim is trying to make the best out of her final year in high school, she describes, “school is not fun, but I realized that I am here with my friends and that I have to make the most of it.” She is excited to start a new chapter of her life in college, and in high school, would like to be remembered as, “someone who did what she wanted, not a follower.”
This is her finished video about death. It is called “A Conversation About Death”.