Mj Haynes (Class of 2025)

Blogger Role: Sculpture

Major: Art Therapy

Minors: Sculpture, Psychology

I chose Marywood because it was the only school that was close enough to home (within 6 hours) that had my chosen major of Art Therapy. I’m very family oriented and I wanted to make sure that I was close enough for birthdays and family emergencies but far enough where I would live on campus. I was definitely worried about going to a religious school as a non binary, queer student but after my tour and meeting some really awesome people, I realized that I was welcomed at Marywood with open arms and I knew I was going to be safe for the next five years of my artist journey.

I am majoring in Art because I’ve dreamed of being an artist my whole life. I always pictured myself doing something with art as long as I can remember. I would actually get in trouble as a kid for taking stuff out of the recycling bin and making random sculptures. My parents ended up hiding the bin from me for a long time. Not to mention, my grandmothers were very into art and they passed when I was young. This makes me feel closer to them.

When I’m not in class, I’m probably feeding my caffeine addiction. My go-to’s are probably Mountain Dew Rise or Kickstart. Coffee-wise I usually go for french vanilla with cream and cold foam. I also play my Nintendo Switch and am currently writing a book! I hope to release it someday so look out for it!

So far, my favorite art class at Marywood was Psychology but I’m looking forward to my 3D Design foundation year art class this semester.

The coolest thing I’ve done at Marywood so far was making Thor’s hammer (Mjöllnir) out of cardboard as a doorstop. It’s been a very long process with a lot of late nights running around trying to find cardboard boxes but it’s very much worth it.

When I graduate with my MA in Art Therapy, I hope to help as many people as I can. Most of my family have gone on to be nurses so I am the first change. I hope to still carry on the tradition of helping people as much as I can.

I’d recommend the Art program at Marywood because everyone wants the best for you. They help you learn how to freelance as well as complete your degree. Most of the art professors at Marywood are working artists in addition to teaching so they understand pricing and marketing for the products. Not to mention they’ve all been exactly where you’ve been; a broke college student trying to get art supplies to make art. Everyone tells you the cheapest way to get the supplies you need. Like I said, everyone really just wants the best for you.

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