When Alicia M. heard two years ago that RCSD’s School of the Arts (SOTA) had majors for their students, she was immediately intrigued. Alicia went straight to the Club’s art director at the time, Miss Sarah, to talk about the possibility of transferring.
“I liked that they focus on your major. If you have a talent or something you want to learn, they give you classes that you can do for improving that skill. Going to SOTA meant I would get to do more art in school, which is a hobby of mine,” explained Alicia.
So, Miss Sarah helped Alicia put together a portfolio in order to apply. Alicia went straight to the art room at the Club every chance she got, drawing new pieces and compiling her finished ones. Miss Sarah even helped her hone her entry essay.
Thanks to Miss Sarah’s help, Alicia got in as a Visual Arts major! “Majoring is a win-win because you’re getting better at your talent and you’re getting experience for college,” says Alicia.
Now a 9th grader, Alicia has been coming to the Club since she was 8 and spends most of her time in the art room. “It’s a quiet place for me, and I really like drawing. They have all the materials I could ever want to use here. I like to express myself through art. It’s therapeutic.”