Meet Nathan

April 27, 2020

My name is Nathan and I have to admit, at first I did NOT want to do TREP$.

I just wanted to be done with TREP$. I had trouble deciding on a product. At first I wanted to make a graphic novel. My mom was worried that I wouldn’t be able to complete it in time. My teacher suggested photography.

Photography is a passion of mine.

Ever since I got my phone, I loved switching between the different features of the camera: Photo, portrait, square, and Pano. I also love taking videos in slow motion or time-lapse. Recently, I’ve gotten into stop motion videos. I found I really enjoyed taking landscape photos when we went apple picking. So, when I decided to do photos for my TREP$, it was a lot more fun to work on the project.

I decided to go to Bear Mountain and take a few pictures there, since I like nature photography. We went through the photos and decided on which pictures to print. After that, we went to Michaels and bought some frames. I decided to have two different size framed prints and a less expensive non-framed option with just a matte and cardboard backing.

I decided to donate 50% of my profits to an organization called HIAS. HIAS works around the world to protect refugees who have been forced to flee their homeland because of who they are. This is personal to me because HIAS helped my father immigrate from Russia to America for religious freedom.

When the day of the TREP$ Marketplace finally came, I was all ready. I was surprised to see that many people wanted to buy my pictures. I had a great time and am actually still taking orders.

Note: Nathan participated in the TREP$ entrepreneurship education program as enrichment,  right at school. This extracurricular activity is a PBL (project based learning) experience that helps kids gain an entrepreneurial mindset, financial literacy and life skills to prepare them for and improve their futures.

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