Hello Ten Thousand Villages!

My name’s Amar A. Gupta, and I’ll be interning with TTV for the next few months as the One Reason Why event coordinator intern.

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I’m 22 years young, made in America—with Indian parts. My hometown; Beaumont, Texas, has established its own place in my heart, and will forever be a part of me. I plan on moving to California shortly after graduation, and on to Copenhagen after that.

I’m a photojournalism major at St. Edwards University, and hope to work for Vice Magazine later on. I’ve been documenting my friends and I through photographs for the past few years, and it has ultimately led me to where I am today. My photos can be found on my blog, and my flickr. I’m also an avid skateboarder, writer, and racquetball player. I’m captivated by writers and poets, and I truly believe that  “What matters most is how well you walk through the fire,” which is the last line in Bukowski’s “How is your Heart?”

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My number one priority in life is to be a good, helpful person, and it’s those ambitions that brought me to Ten Thousand Villages Austin.  Villages of Austin attracted my attention when I realized how passionate they were about helping others less fortunate than us. I’m proud to say that the company I work for aids underemployed artisans make living incomes. I’m a huge fan of the fair trade system, and I feel that putting hours of work into an ethical company like Ten Thousand Villages can really help make a difference.

I’m excited to see how far we can go with this years’ gala, and I will do my very best to make it a success.