Fine arts activities in which you participated while at SCA:
Four plays and four musicals, including Seussical, Bye Birdie, The Addams Family, and Godspell; SCA Concert Choir, SCA select Chorale, SW Regional Choir; Recipient of The Director’s Award for Chorus
Major At College:
What is your favorite thing about your chosen major?
I’d have to say the artistic and kinesthetic quality to all of my classes. Since everything in the career my college is preparing me for requires practical skills that can be applied in various situations, all of my classes are very hands on and personable. Which is amazing, because the people here are incredibly charismatic and relatable, and they make the process so enjoyable.
What is your favorite thing about your college?
My favorite thing is the audacious amount of responsibility you have for yourself. At some points it can be daunting that you have to care and manage for yourself, but it makes the process astronomically more rewarding to be pursuing your own passion and reaping the results of your hard work.
How do you integrate your faith in your pursuit of work in fine arts?
Well, I’ve come to a point in my life where I try to allow God to breathe through everything I do. It’s an odd metaphor, but there aren’t many ways I can describe the feeling of letting go of yourself, putting away your pride, and allowing Jesus to work through you to show his love and grace towards your fellow brothers and sisters.
Through artistic mediums, daily chores, musical performance, or casual conversation, that integrated faith shines through every movement you make, and it can’t help itself, because its so bright in the darkness that surrounds it.
What would you like to do after you graduate from college?
At some point, I feel called to use musical performance as a platform for the gospel in less fortunate countries. I know some performers who go to third world environments like the West Indies, or Haiti and teach music to orphaned children or disillusioned citizens who have lost appreciation of cultivated art. They would then use that as a bridge to spread the gospel, which to me, is a profoundly spectacular experience that I would love to participate in.
A word of advice to SCA students who might be considering majoring in fine arts at college:
Seriously, evaluate if you truly love what you want to do and if God is calling you there. The Fine Arts world can be a rough environment, and is a less economically safe and predictable path of life than, say, a business or medical major. However, I believe that God blesses those who try to honor him through their actions, and I feel like God is calling me to this environment to make some sort of impact. I don’t how yet, but I’m looking forward to it, and I’m watching and praying for his directions. If that’s where you are too, go for it.