I chose my major because... art has always been a big part of my life. I am an artist, and what better job for an artist than to share that passion with others? Kids are important and often overlooked, in terms of being a resource for growth and change in the city; I want to tap into the ideas of as many students as I can to make this city even better.​​

The learning environment here at DePaul is... very encouraging. Instructors here strongly emphasize free thought. I think that one of the unique things about classrooms at DePaul is that you can be open about your opinions and ideas. I have found this particularly in the Education and Art Departments, where the professors encourage you to be inventive and creative.​

The classes I most enjoyed here were... my art classes. I’ve taken painting, drawing, photography, sculpture; all of the classes and teachers have been great in expanding my technical and creative skills. There were also a few education classes that I really enjoyed, such as Literacy in the Content Areas; Visual Art Education I: Histories of Looking and Visual Art Education II: Arts and Pedagogy.​

When I have free time, I like to... be creative in some way. I like to paint, sculpt, take photographs, listen to music, read, write — anything that I am inspired by at the moment. I also like to work out and ride my bike when the weather is nice.​

My favorite thing to do off campus is... enjoy the city, go to museums and galleries, restaurants and events. I also like to spend time with family and friends, usually while out having fun somewhere.​

At DePaul, service learning is... a very important part of the curriculum. I learned a lot about myself and others when I was involved in service learning projects. One experience I had was tutoring low-income and homeless people trying to get their GEDs. It was a great experience that I otherwise would not have had. I met a lot of great people and really enjoyed my time there.​

DePaul’s School of Education program is unique compared to other schools I considered attending because... the School of Education - especially the Visual Arts Education department - is unique in that students are really taken care of and everyone in the Education department helps students gain a lot of experience in the field. I originally came to DePaul as a transfer student and the school I attended previously did not have observation and field experience requirements; it was all completed during student teaching. I think gaining experience in the classroom even before you begin student teaching helps let the student know what to expect.​

I chose to pursue a career in education because... I have always known that I would be an artist and a teacher. When I was young I played school with cousins and siblings. As I grew up I always enjoyed art; and as an adult began to think seriously about putting the two together. I really enjoy working with other people and teaching something (anything) new; I also enjoy learning and figuring things out with others. ​​

After graduation, I plan to... work as a teaching artist. I will find a job, most likely in Chicago Public Schools and also work on my own art. I would also like to do some community work with teens and art projects. I would like to show students that they are the creators of their own destinies and that they have choices. By working with them through art, hopefully I can help to change and empower my corner of the world.​​

The one thing I’d like to say to students considering DePaul... DePaul is a great school and there are many great professors. Most of the classes are interesting and interactive and will really push you to learn. The Visual Arts Education department has really helped give me a well-rounded studio art experience and art education experience. If you are looking for a school that will teach you new and innovative ways to think and do things, then come to DePaul.​

Area of Study: Secondary Visual Arts Education
Graduation Date: June, 2009
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
High School: St. Ignatius College Prep
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​Visual Arts Education Department