“My favorite things about UWFox are all the items that I didn’t expect to learn, but have.”
Hometown: Coloma, WI
Current residence: Menasha, WI
When attended UWFox: Fall 2010-Fall 2011
Background before UWFox
I was home schooled throughout high school. I graduated in 2010, and registered at UWFox that same year. UWFox has been my first experience with schooling that is not home based.
For a large portion of my childhood and teen years I was a member of 4-H, a youth group organization, which made a lot of great opportunities available to me. Though I did many things through 4-H, some of most rewarding were my participation in creating and judging a state art show, and weekly workshops in arts and crafts that I held for younger members. I also did a lot of work with horses, even winning a show trophy, albeit from a county fair.
One of the most exciting things I did through 4-H was participate in a trip that toured locations of historical significance around the U.S. The trip even took me briefly to Canada, to see the Niagara Falls.
Why did you choose UWFox?
While I chose UWFox mainly for its convenience and affordability, I was also very much aware of UWFox’s reputation as a good two year campus, and that certainly encouraged my decision. I was also very attracted to UWFox's small class sizes; I knew there were subjects I needed to do some catching up in, and UWFox would provide me with the opportunity to get individual attention in those areas that I needed to develop.
Have you chosen a major?
My current major is art. I am working towards a bachelor's degree in illustration, and once I transfer to an art school my major will shift to focus on that specific area of study.
What are you learning that you find interesting and rewarding at UWFox?
My favorite things about UWFox are all the items that I didn’t expect to learn, but have. My experiences at UWFox have been so much more than simply learning different subjects. Every class period something unexpected is brought up; I’ve learned about art in English classes, politics in French classes, and more things than I could begin to list in my art classes! Every day I spend at UWFox opens me up to new concepts and ways of thinking that I had never considered before.
This semester, I think the most rewarding experiences I’ve had have been at the art critiques for my life drawing class, where we review each student‘s portfolio. There are always great discussions, and the atmosphere is relaxed and friendly. I’ve never been in a more rewarding environment for discussing and learning about art, and receiving useful feedback on my own art.
What are your career plans after UWFox?
I plan to work as a concept artist and freelance illustrator. As a concept artist, I hope to work for computer game companies, working with the game developers to give their ideas visual representation. These initial concept drawings are the foundation of the entire look and feel of computer games, and aid the writers and graphics developers in bringing the game to life.
As an illustrator, I plan to illustrate graphic novels and comic books, some written by myself and some written by others. Stories are something I have always loved, they are an aspect of human culture that I think is extremely important, and graphic novels are a unique and powerful tool for telling them. In the U.S., graphic novels have not received much recognition as an art form, and I hope to be one of the creators out there who helps in the effort to show what the medium is capable of. Illustration will also open up a number of other careers, and I intend to do a bit of dabbling in those as well.