Jenna Bolusky graduated in 2018 from Stetson University with a major in Studio Art. We recently asked her to share some of the exciting things she has been doing for our profile series.
Q: What did you do after graduation and what are you doing now?
After I graduated, I attended the Orange County Public Schools job fair in May. I interviewed with Apopka High School to become their new 2D Art teacher. The interviews went well, and I’m proud to say that I got the job!
Q: Did you ever see yourself doing what you are doing now when you took your first Creative Arts course @ Stetson?
I knew by the end of my freshman year of college that I wanted to teach art. My job is the perfect combination of my two passions, art and people. The long term goal is to teach art at the collegiate level, and my current job teaching high school will get my foot in the door in order to teach college in the future.
Q: What advice do you have for someone taking their first course right now?
My advice would be to not procrastinate, and when you do work, take breaks! Treat yourself. For me, I’d treat myself to a nice cup of iced coffee, and then I’d go work in my studio. This keeps the studying process less stressful and it’ll feel like less work by doing something to treat yourself before, during, or after. If you get assignments out of the way early, you’ll be significantly less stressed later on – trust me! Obviously you want to set aside some time for yourself to do what you like, whether that’s hanging out with friends, playing a sport, watching movies, partying, etc. However, when you do a little bit of work during some of that down time you’ll thank yourself later.
Q: What’s the best thing you learned studying Creative Arts @ Stetson?
Being a studio artist for me means spending a lot of time buckling down and drawing in the studio. For a long time, I relied on my ability level to not have to really take the time to sit down and work for long periods at a time. This changed when I proposed to the art faculty that I was going to draw seven portraits for my senior thesis exhibit. For a bit during the production process I had to complete a drawing a week. I had to learn self-discipline. I had to teach myself to be my own boss and to not rely on professors to tell me to be productive. I started out dreading spending time in the studio. Then, gradually, I became content with drawing for long periods of time. By the end, I actually genuinely enjoyed spending time in the studio. It’s hard to discipline yourself to make deadlines, especially deadlines that you create; but once you learn to develop a solid work ethic, you will benefit from that for the rest of your life.
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