21. Australia.

Where do I even start when it comes to BTS? The amazing dances were what drew me in at first but the music was what made me stick around. Something about the group, the members and the team behind them, constantly remind me of how important hard work is. The members all work hard at the things they’re talented at, and work even harder at things they struggle with or things that they are still learning. Hard work, resilience, teamwork… these are qualities I see in each member in abundance and are qualities I think everyone needs. It inspires me and motivates me to find my own path in life, to work hard even when things are tough, and of course, to love myself in the process of all of it. I’ve been a fan since 2014 and to see them grow into the global force that they are now has been a journey. It’s an underdog story that would make for a great movie plot honestly. As for the ARMY community, I’ve never been in a fandom that welcomed me like this before. Granted, I joined when the fandom was much smaller, but I had never reached out this much in a fandom before, both in kpop and outside of kpop. I understand that the huge fandom can be intimidating and there are messy people in any large enough group, but I think my experience is largely positive because I figured out early on that I wanted to engage with the ARMYs that shared my desire to have a wholesome fan experience.

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