The first time I remember folding was at the age of seven. My mom and I were at her friend’s house, and her friend’s daughter was given the extremely challenging task of entertaining me while our mothers talked. She was about fifteen at the time, so we did not have much in common. She desperately tried to find something that would hold my attention for more than a couple of minutes, but had no luck. After a while I saw something on her desk; it was a little box made out of notebook paper. I don’t know why I was so drawn to it, but I thought it was the coolest thing ever. She taught me how to make it, and when I finished folding it seemed magical. I had just made something neat out of practically nothing! That was the moment my love of origami began.

After learning that first model I craved more. I checked out every origami book I could find at the library and folded like crazy! I did origami on and off for several years. When I was fifteen I went to my first origami convention and it inspired me to take the art form more seriously. Since then, my folding skills have greatly improved, and I have even designed some models of my own!