Two Weeks Away! / by Yolanda Garza

I'm two weeks away from the end of a long journey and the start of a new one. 

I have put off finishing college for 20 years. My main struggle was deciding on what I wanted to become. Originally win I set out a year after high school, I thought I wanted to be a Veterinarian. While taking classes in Animal Science, I felt out of place. Many of the students came from families with ranches and horses. I just wanted to work with pets not livestock, which was all that we studied.

I took my first art class at a community college, but I had been drawing all my life. I knew from the start that this was where I belonged. I sought to have a degree and a job that involved me being creative. Often times, when I spoke to college recruiters about seeking an art degree, they always told me , "Sure, that would be a good minor," which was not what I wanted to hear. Finding the right 4-year school was tough as well.

Graphic Design has certainly fulfilled my creative and artistic endeavors. Despite being 20-years behind on reaching my goal, I feel positive about the outlook in life, and I am very thankful to God and my family for hanging in there.

One last thing,  I seek to remove the label "starving artist," to just "artist."

Drawing, painting, sculpture, metalsmithing, stain-glass, illustration, graphic design, and photography, oh my!