When I was 12, I accompanied family friends to Mexico for the summer to take care of their children while they worked. It was my first experience outside of the country without my parents. It was my first time operating my life in Spanish. It was my first experience dancing socially beyond my ballet classes. It changed my life. That experience put me on the career path I am now on. Little did I know, it taught me how to express myself and be present - in a new way. In another language. I went from shy to expressive and animated when I embodied a new culture and new language. It taught me that various sides of myself are expressed differently across cultures.