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2017/06/02

Interview with Andrea Wetzels

Andrea Wetzels is a young Dutch artist, who I've known for a very long time, ever since that lucky high school student's exchange in 2011, and I'm so excited to finally introduce her and her creativity to you. Andrea is the fourth in line of interviews with people I admire, the so-called #goalspeople: people who inspire me with their work and lifestyle. Andrea's Instagram account inspires me with every single post. It's been quite a while, since we last saw each other, but because of social media, we still kinda feel connected, following each others projects and how much we have evolved in the last few years. 
So without further ado, this is Andrea. 

Hi Andrea! Can you first of all quickly introduce yourself to my readers?
Hey there! My name is Andrea Wetzels, I’m 21 years old and grew up in The Netherlands. Currently I’m living and studying in Seoul, South Korea. I am passionate about a lot of different things, including art, music, fashion, photography and film.


What do you study in the Netherlands? What contributed to your move to Barcelona and now Seoul? 
In the Netherlands I’m studying International Event, Music and Entertainment studies, here in South Korea I’m studying film, art and current issues as a part of my studies back home. Ever since I was young, I had some kind of urge to live abroad, but I didn’t have a particular country or city in mind. When I chose my study, I found out I could do my internship abroad and study abroad for a semester in the 3rd year. 
At first my plan was to just study abroad, outside of Europe, in a country that would be totally different from The Netherlands. Eventually I thought to myself: “I have the opportunity right now, why wouldn’t I take it and also do my 5-months internship abroad?”. I’ve always said that I wanted to live in a city that has good weather, a beach, the busy city life, but also the authenticity of their culture. Eventually I came to Barcelona, a creative, vibrant and beautiful city with lots of interesting people, sights and things to do. I worked in a start-up company, where I made the designs, photos and videos. Next to that I also managed the social media marketing and public relations. It has been an incredible experience and I have fallen in love with Barcelona with all my heart.
After my time in Barcelona, I visited a friend in Sheffield, spent about a month in The Netherlands and continued my adventure in Seoul, South Korea. Luckily, I can say that Seoul has exceeded my expectations and hasn’t been a bit disappointing! Of course, I experienced some cultural differences; I had to find a way to adjust to this new way of living, but this also gave me a new perspective on life. The streets of Seoul are amazing, filled with cool, exciting street fashion, inspiring art and cool places around every corner. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to see everything before I go on my flight home. On the other hand, I have already seen and done so many amazing things and I am very grateful for that!
You can check out Andrea's projects on her website (click here)


How would you compare your lifestyle at home to your life in Barcelona and now Seoul?
When I went to live abroad for the first time, in Barcelona, I started discovering and exploring the city in a way I had never done before. I wanted to make the most of my time and see every cool spot in the city, try every food I could find and take photos of every place that inspired me. The same thing is happening in Seoul right now, both of the cities are great inspirations for me in their own ways. Barcelona is very colourful, vibrant and authentic, Seoul on the other hand, is very modern, but also traditional and innovative. When I go back home, I’m definitely going to explore The Netherlands more than I have before. There are still so many places I haven’t seen, I am sure there are cool places everywhere, you just need to find them.


I've already briefly mentioned how we first met, but I'll let you describe your, a more in-depth connection to Slovenia. 
Back in the autumn of 2011, I went on an exchange with students from a secondary school in Ljubljana, Slovenia. About 20 other students from my school and I all got assigned to our Slovenian ‘buddies’. This is where I was lucky enough to meet Ana and make a lot of beautiful memories! I got showed around their city, their wonderful country and I got the opportunity to feel what it’s like to live in Slovenia. In spring, our new Slovenian friends came to The Netherlands, so we got the chance to show them around our home country. I think this was a unique experience that I will never forget and I am very happy I could be a part of it!


How would you describe your style?  
I really let my feelings decide what I want to wear, what music I listen to, what I want to design and what I’m eating that day. I think the most important thing about living a happy life is listening to your heart and your body, give yourself what you need and you’ll be happy when you look in the mirror. Fashion wise, other people describe it as ‘cool, edgy and stylish’, I don’t think I can put a particular name on it. I love how clothing is a way to represent yourself as an individual and that’s very important to me. Outfits that make me feel confident, show my personality and make me ‘stand out’ are my favourite. Next to that, I also feel like it doesn’t have to ‘look’ or ‘be’ perfect. Life isn’t always perfect either, instead we should make the most of what we have.
You can find many inspirations on her Pinterest page.


Social media is "the thing", as I've mentioned before, that still connects us on a daily basis. What are your thoughts on social media and the so-called Millennials phenomenon? 
The world around me is what inspires me most, I love to go outside in the city where I am and explore new parts, see new things and do whatever comes on my path. I soak everything up in my head and let everything out when I’m making art, music, films, creating outfits, etc. I also think that the internet is a great way to discover new things and get inspired by them. Tumblr, Instagram, Youtube and Pinterest are my favourite sources for inspiration. I love how millennials have turned these social media websites into platforms where they can share other things than ‘just pretty photos’. There are other people out there who share the same thoughts and I think that social media is an amazing way to connect for us individuals. It’s also incredibly important to talk about current social issues, so more people are aware of them and can undertake some kind of actions. A lot of things in our world have changed over the past years, but there is still enough room for improvement.
Check out Andrea's Instagram page. 


You are obviously an avid traveler. What are some of the places, which you plan to visit next?
When I fly home from Seoul, I will be in The Netherlands for three days because after I’ll go visit my friend who is currently living in Iceland. This is has always been an interesting country to me and now that my friend lives there, I found the perfect reason to finally go there! After this, the place I really want to visit is Japan, even though it’s quite near Seoul, I just can’t find the time to go there. Visiting Japan is so important to me, that I want to take enough time to explore it all and visit multiple cities. That’s why I’d rather wait, save up some more money and make an unforgettable experience out of it. 
You can check out Andrea's adventures on her YouTube channel. 


To end this interview, what are some of your plans for the future? 
My short term plans are to keep exploring, discovering, trying new things and keep falling in love with life (and hopefully never fall out of love). My plan is to graduate next year, but I’m not sure where life will take me next. Perhaps I will find my dream job after graduating, but maybe I’ll go and get a masters degree. I don’t want to predict the future, instead I want to be in the moment and think about the ‘now’.

Andrea, thank you very much for your answers! 

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