How did you discover your passion for art?

I discovered my passion for art through personal trial and error. In high school, I went through a period where I didn't feel like I was good at anything so I started experimenting with my classes: home economics, choir, botany, etc. I started a drawing class where I remember sitting in a quiet room, feeling very confused about drawing from life. The kicker was that I was also excited by that confusion. That's where my passion for art began. There's always a sense of wonder when I’m first starting something new, trying to understand or tackle a medium or subject matter and don't know what the work is going to be. And then it happens! The moment comes when the work starts to show a direction and takes on a life. That is always very exciting for me!

How did you decide on Wayne State University?  

Wayne State University (WSU) really struck me on a tour of the school. The campus was gorgeous and was very different from any place I had ever been. Listening to WSU students talk about their experiences and how much they valued the university was magnetic. It was an easy decision from there!

How has the program at WSU helped you with your art?

The painting and graphic design programs have helped me learn the fundamentals of working conceptually….They have taught me patience, resilience and self-motivation, which have been a great benefit to me and my work. The education has been rewarding. I have learned technical skills in art and design while also being a part of a community rich in spirit, humor and insight.

What’s the best part about the program at WSU?

The best part of the art program at WSU has been the people I've met, worked with, and become close to. I've learned so much from the people I've studied with, in and outside the classroom. It really is a great learning community.  Through what I have learned at WSU, the capstone courses, and the connections to our very generous faculty, I feel ready for my journey post-graduation, working toward my passions, pushing and striving to see perspectives other than my own.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

My goals after graduation are to continue painting and working in the graphic design world, but I also want to study Arabic and Spanish, and eventually live abroad. In the words of SZA, I “promise to get a little better as I get older.”