Currently, I’m a Graphic Design student at Lane Community College, about to apply for the second year. When I saw this year’s theme, cope, it really struck a chord with me. I immediately started thinking about how I cope with my personal issues, with my artwork; and how blessed I am to have that. I’m a quiet person, so people don’t know that I’m also very driven and extremely anxious. At both school and work, I look around and think about how everyone has their own personal story, and the weight they carry around with them. Anybody could be disguising their struggles with a smile. After seeing this prompt, I knew this piece would be the one I’d submit. My drawing, “The Box”, represents the layers to a person, and how as you unpack, you might be surprised by what pops out.