Aya Zaqout

Aya, 17, has admired art since she was in kindergarten, following various artists on Instagram and Pinterest. But it wasn’t until several years ago that she stumbled upon the art form that inspired her to begin doing her own drawing: the “mandala.”

A Sanskrit word, a mandala is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Indian religions, representing the universe. However, it has come to represent any diagram or geometric pattern that symbolizes the cosmos.

Art is not Aya's only interest, however. Her dream is to study dentisry when whe completes high school.