Visual Arts student Clarissa Tovar paints her future at South Texas College
Student of the Week: Clarissa Tovar
Being the first in her immediate family to attend college, Clarissa Tovar says she has been motivated by her parents, who despite growing up working in the fields, always emphasized the importance of college for her and her siblings.
Growing up as a creative child, Clarissa said her parents also encouraged her art and helped her find her niche in middle school where she took up drawing. Years later, Clarissa is now pursuing an Associate of Arts with a field of study in Visual Arts with the hopes of entering a career as an art educator.
“Everybody has their niche and something they are good at. This is my thing,” Clarissa said. “This is something I would be comfortable doing as a career. I have always drawn and used colored pencils, but I took painting this semester and I really enjoyed using oil paints. It is really nice.”
“I feel like education is really important. My parents grew up working in the fields. I feel like they have always pushed me and my siblings to go to school.”
STC’s Visual Arts program combines studio courses in art and design with a broad range of liberal arts courses. The two-year degree program prepares students for creative positions in the workforce, and provide skills, values, and knowledge in the liberal and creative arts. Additionally, students are prepared in order to transfer into university bachelor’s degree programs and are trained in exhibit and portfolio preparation.
Planning to graduate by fall 2019, Clarissa says she hopes to attend the University of Texas-San Antonio for her bachelor’s degree.
Clarissa has been recognized by STC faculty as a brilliant student, a deep thinker, and committed to trying to improve the community. She was also actively involved in helping people recover from severe flooding last summer and assisted in giving out care packages to impacted people.
“I feel like education is really important. My parents grew up working in the fields,” Clarissa said. “I feel like they have always pushed me and my siblings to go to school.”