Carolyn Warcup (Class of 2019)

Blogger Role: On Campus Art News / Alumni Stories

Major: Graphic Design

I chose Marywood because the first time I stepped onto campus I knew it was right for me. The art program drew me to the campus, and once I learned more about the school I was set. Out of all the schools I looked into and visited, none of them could compare to Marywood. A big selling point for prosperous students are the dorms, and at Marywood they were the best I’ve seen. I know I would be spending a lot of time in there, so I had to make sure that I felt right at home.

I am majoring in Art because it is something that I am passionate about. When it came down to deciding on a school and major I was lost. They expect you to choose something practical, but something that you also could see yourself doing years from now. I grew up loving art, but didn’t  know how I could make a career out of it. My senior year of high school I decided to take a graphic design course. Right then and there I decided that I will be majoring in graphic design. For some people they know exactly what they want to go to school for but others it takes time to finally realize what it is, but when you know everything becomes clear.

When I’m not in class, I’m most likely in my dorm room watching Netflix or doing school work. Like every college student, Netflix becomes your best friend. It is a perfect way to pass time and in class when people start talking about the latest episodes you can chime in. Right then and there you can make a friend. With being an art major I am always assigned a new project to work on. Having free time is perfect,  because I can go to the lab, studio, or stay in my dorm to work on it.

My favorite art classes so far were Basic Drawing and Drawing I. One of my favorite mediums to use would have to be charcoal and that’s what we mainly used in those classes. The human form is one of my favorite things to draw. Being able to advance my skills in my drawing classes is helping me tremendously. In that class keeping a daily sketchbook was a big part of the grade, and I’m happy that it was. It got me to start drawing more and to focus down on composition.

The coolest thing I’ve done at Marywood so far was my freshman year,  fall of 2015, when real life jousters came to the campus. It was for homecoming and preformers from the Renaissance Fair put on a show for us at the art field. Amazing food was served and free stuff was given away. It was a perfect time for roommate bonding. Of course Marywood has many great activities, but this one was my favorite, so far.

When I graduate I am not sure what I want to do yet. When I enrolled in school I wanted to go into advertising, but now I am not so sure. I am learning that there’s many options, career wise, for graphic design majors. My plan right now is to figure out what I am best at and love in my graphic design classes. Then I can figure out my plans for after I graduate.

I’d recommend the Art program at Marywood because it will help students grow artistically and as a person. It may be challenging at times, but that’s part of the process. Without struggle there can be no progress, and that’s the moment you find success. If a student is struggling on a project the art professors at Marywood will guide the students in the right direction. Since I am only a sophomore I don’t have an extent of knowledge on each art professor and class. Although, I do know that the professors and classes that I did have so far have been wonderful.

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