As a senior at Douglas Anderson, there are many advantages to going to an arts school. For one, arts school helps you get your foot in the door. When most of your teachers are, in my case, also professional writers, you already have connections you can make as a graduate. To have the opportunities at hand to create art and have it showcased through the years in various events is profoundly effective in becoming an artist of any type. Watching other students pursue their dreams is also inspiring.
Going to an arts school has opened up opportunities I never thought were possible. There are multiple annual performances for all arts areas, individual arts area performances, and an array of tools to help perfect the art a student is studying. There’s a lot of professionalism that comes with being an arts student. I learn techniques that I otherwise wouldn’t learn until taking the same courses at a college level. I’m expected to perform at a capability that goes beyond just being able to hold a pencil.
Arts schools are not a sham, nor are they just to enforce students with higher test scores to broaden their horizons. Almost everyone I’ve met through school has been extremely proud to be going to DA, and fully inspired to continue their life as an artist. There’s a lot of passionate energy that I feel every day as I walk through the halls. My school has incredible students that balance both their academic and arts interests while being fully immersed in the things they love.