How did the COVID crisis change the end of your college career? Are there any life lessons you can take from this experience?
The COVID crisis shaped the end of my college career into a different path completely. I was not able to do the final simple tasks of being a student. It was a weird feeling realizing that I will most likely never be a student on a campus again (unless I decided to go to grad school). The biggest thing that was taken away was walking across the stage to receive my college diploma. The life lesson I took away from this experience is to enjoy the time you have doing something, even if you do not enjoy it in the moment, because life can change so quickly. COVID came out of no where and altered so many peoples lives.
What is your next move now that you are a graduate? (include your degree name in your answer)
After graduating at University of North Florida, I plan to work part or full time in a relevant field of my Bachelors of Fine Arts concentrating in Photography and Marketing minor while also working to get my photography business started. My long term hopes post-grad is to be able to fully support myself with my photography business, but I know it will be a while after initially graduating to get my feet on the ground with obtaining clients and regular shoots and events. When I can start to rely purely on my business, it is a dream of mine to have a photo studio in which I can rent out to artists, use for clients, and to have for personal conceptual shoots. I hope to continue in the conceptual world of photography while also using my talent to make money in commercial shoots and events.
Any advice for students out there considering to major in Art?
Advice I would give to students considering to major in Art would be to go for it if it is something you are super passionate about. I believe you should choose a career path which you will enjoy day-to-day and not just for for the salary. If you work hard and put your mind to it, you can earn a good salary.