Zhan Okuda-Lim is only a college sophomore, but already he’s spearheaded an education reform campaign in his home state of Nevada and won a position in Princeton University’s student government.
But while his classmates may consider him a charismatic student leader, few knew that last spring he contemplated taking his own life — at least until now.
Okuda-Lim is one of 86 Princeton University students participating in the “What I Be” project, in which individuals are photographed with their insecurities literally written onto their skin. Photographer Steve Rosenfield, who has taken his project around the country, was invited to come to Princeton to kick off the university’s Mental Health Week.
“We all want to tell our story, we’re just afraid to do it, and other people do it for us.
That’s where bullying comes in and gossiping comes in,” Rosenfield said during a talk at the university last week. “The ‘What I Be’ project allows other people to tell their story and paint the picture they want to have associated with them.”
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