Austen has lived in South Carolina for most of her life, and is beyond excited to explore Peru for several months! She is an artist who likes to research history and the natural world to find inspiration for her sculptures and paintings. Outside of her art practice, Austen also enjoys teaching. For the last three summers, she has taught math, reading, and computer programming to younger students, and is now volunteering as a painting and printmaking teacher at the Columbia Museum of Art. During the school year, Austen developed an interest in community service through her time as an officer of her school’s NHS chapter. Austen also likes to read and cook, which are interests she is sure will be enhanced by the Peruvian literature and cuisine she will enjoy in the future. Through the Tufts Civic Semester, Austen is thrilled to combine her interests in art, teaching, and volunteering. She hopes to learn more about traditional weaving and ceramics in Peru, improve her Spanish through immersion, and broaden her perspective on the world.