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Scholarships For Success Ep. 2: A New Lens for the Future

Scholarships For Success Ep. 2: A New Lens for the Future


I really like portraits. Because I like being able to
find all the beauty and the details in a person. They don’t really see that in themselves very often ’cause they’re so clouded by
everything else that they normally see. ♪♪ ♪♪ So, in 2011 I graduated high school. I went right into dental school because
I had already done a dental assistant program when I was in high school, and my parents
kind of wanted me to pursue that within their own motives of having
me have a good, well-paying job and knowing I’d be able to be
taking care of myself. After ten years or so, I’m just–
I’m not happy as a dental assistant. I needed some sort of career change,
so I’m–I’m doing it. [laughs] ♪♪ I’ve always loved art. And I was pursuing
art in high school, but it was never a– –good–career path when I was
in high school ten years ago. But, about six or so years ago,
I had picked up my friend from Green River and I noticed all these students with their
big drawing boards and their big sketchbooks. I was like, oh, that’s so cool. That’s kind
of what opened my eyes ’cause I always thought that you had to go to a big major art school,
to go to art school, when that’s not really the case. [laughs] ♪♪ I left dental assisting, because like I said,
I was just done with it. I felt stifled. And I couldn’t wear my piercings at work,
I had to cover up all my tattoos– I couldn’t be me. And that was a really big
issue on myself. I like being comfortable in my own skin, and being able to represent
myself through my skin and my hair and everything, is important to me. Finding a career that
I can do that with was really important, and that’s why I went towards art. ♪♪ Having my daughter in my life, I need to
look at the world as a bigger picture. Everything I do is going to impact her.
If I figured out a way I could pay for her and pursue what I wanted,
then I was gonna do it. My daughter and my husband are definitely my
support system, because for one thing, they can deal with all the hours that I’m
away from the house and not with them, and all the dinners I miss because
I’m working and making up for it. But what really gets me is when
I come home with a project that I completed, or I’m working on at home, and I’m doing
charcoal and it’s getting messy, and they see it and they’re like,
oh, that”s really cool. That means a lot to me, ’cause that means that
they see what I’m doing as worth it. ♪♪ The Foundation scholarships at Green River
are important because it helps people like me. I never thought I would ever get a scholarship.
I’m 27 years old, like, normally that’s for kids when they’re in high school.
That’s not for adults that are working. So when I was chosen for the
Gordon Foundation Scholarship Sheryl Gordon met with me,
and then I found out it was for a memorial for her son, who also created art
as well. It was like a connection that I had with my donor–that I completely understood
why she was doing what she was doing, and she completely understood
why I was doing what I was doing. And she wanted to help me.
She wanted me to be able to succeed. ♪♪

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