Last year, Sophie Araque-Liu was going through a hard time, so she decided to share her struggles with her family. She was amazed by their response. “I got so much love and support,” the 17-year-old recalls. “It blew me away.”
That support inspired Sophie to create art that reflected her experience. Sophie has been drawing since she was in elementary school, and for the past several years, she had submitted her work to the annual Doodle for Google contest. The contest is open to students in kindergarten through 12th grade. The winner’s drawing is featured on the search engine as the Google logo for one day.
When Sophie heard the theme of the 2022 contest was “I care for myself by . . .”, she knew exactly what to draw. “Because of my own experience, I decided to do my doodle about not being afraid to ask others for help and support,” she says.
Sophie titled her submission “Not Alone.” Her doodle shows a girl hugging her mom, to convey the message that self-care can mean asking others for help. “I feel like a lot of people try to handle things on their own, including me,” Sophie says. “But you don’t have to. It can be a huge comfort to know that someone cares for you.”