Tehya Dietrich (Class of 2026)
Blogger Role: Sculpture/3D
I chose Marywood because, to be candid, my mother has worked here for nearly two decades and this allows me to use a tuition remission benefit. Lucky for me, to Marywood’s credit, they have an amazing Art department with fantastic teachers. The community here is welcoming and inclusive and I’m able to see and be with my friends from high school which is extremely convenient.
I am majoring in Art because it has stuck with me since the day I was born. I showed an interest in the arts from a very young age and was supported, namely, by my Nana, who always made sure I had enough supplies to mess with. I have a huge urge and interest in creating something new, especially with my own hands. It’s rewarding to see the finished product and see EVERYONE ELSE see the finished product.
When I’m not in class, I’m often at work. Even with free tuition and free rent, I often still need cash to do things. On weekends I work at Taco Bell and during the weekdays I am employed as a note-taker and do cleaning work in the ceramics studio. On the off chance I have free time, I usually settle down and play video games with my boyfriend or am playing with my two-year-old niece.
So far, my favorite art class at Marywood, have been the first to art classes, History of Art I and 2D Drawing. Both were very different but both were amazing to take and definitely my two favorite classes ever.
The coolest thing I’ve done at Marywood so far was traveling with the Art Department to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City by bus and seeing some of the most amazing historical art we had learned about in class. I took special interest in the Sleeping Eros statue that I ended up writing about.
When I graduate I plan to open my own business selling my art in-person and digitally. I do not at all plan for it to be successful, as long as it keeps me happy.
I’d recommend the Art program at Marywood because the staff is caring and mostly loose with when things are due. Their primary care is that you as a student are okay. They never want to overwhelm you and are always reaching for ways to include you. Not to mention the fact that the buildings are amazing to be in and travel around. Art is always being displayed and is always being changed so there is always something new to see.