Amber Smahaj (Class of 2019)

Blogger Role: Arts Administration

Major: Arts Administration

Minor: Art History

I chose Marywood because when I first visited Marywood everyone seemed so happy with the campus and the art department. The art teachers that I have met were also very encouraging and gave me hope for the future. They all gave me their cards and asked what made me choose my major. They actually cared about their students and their future student.

I am majoring in Art because ever sense I was a kid, art has been a hobby I had always loved. My parents and their siblings were also good at art. My mom and my uncle would draw cartoons while my aunt could draw realistic figures. After seeing them draw, all I wanted was to draw too.

When I’m not in class, I’m hanging out with friends, studying, or visiting my family. My family includes my mom, dad, grandma, and uncle. I’m very close with my family so I see them almost every weekend.

My favorite art class so far was Drawing I. My teacher kept pushing me every day to do better and better and by the end of the semester I really loved how far I have come. Also seeing my first drawing compared to my last showed how much I had grown as an artist.

The coolest thing I’ve done at Marywood so far was go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art with my art history class. I never been there before and it was mind blowing. I first went to where the Greek statues were and was amazed by all of the detail I could see in person. After that I got lost multiple times but it was an fun adventure for me.

When I graduate I plan to find a job in the art administration field and work as much as I can to make it to the top. I would love to work in a museum or a gallery. I could stay and look at art all day. I also love planning events so it would be the perfect job for me.

I’d recommend the Art program at Marywood because every teacher the student will meet will encourage, and push them to be there best and that’s the best kind of teacher. It is hard to come across teachers like this so I’m very grateful for them and what they taught me throughout my semesters here.

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