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Natalie R. (Meridian High School, 2023) The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD)


  • Laguna College of Art + Design (LCAD) - Animation, scholarship $38,000.00

  • The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) - Animation, scholarship $64,000.00

  • Ringling College of Art and Design - Game Art, scholarship $56,000.00

  • College for Creative Studies (CCS) - Animation, scholarship $96,000.00

  • Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) - Animation, scholarship $147,000.00

1. How do you feel about your college acceptance? Incredibly excited! While I am personally very proud of the work I made for my portfolio, it’s really rewarding to see all of it pay off in a college sense.

2. What was the most difficult aspect of your portfolio preparation? The very short amount of time I had. I began preparing my portfolio in the summer before my senior year and had about six months to do the work that others have been preparing for since the beginning of freshman year. It’s been an incredible amount of work, and frankly I was exhausted. Between school, which included several IB classes, and the portfolio, I had to sacrifice all of my free time and extracurriculars to complete the portfolio. But it’s been an extremely rewarding experience and has only strengthened my desire to continue and study art. I don’t regret it one bit.

3. What is your favorite artwork that you made? Probably this one. This was the first time I had painted something since middle school, and I was very intimidated. But being pushed out of my comfort zone was exactly what I needed, and the piece I was probably the most nervous about starting became one of my favorites.

4. Do you have any advice for the new portfolio students? If you aren’t a senior, get your work done now! You’ll be able to save yourself a lot of time and stress later down the line. But if you’re like me, and had a late start, know that it isn’t impossible. It is never too late to pursue art.

5. Tell us your thoughts about the NYSA! I genuinely do not think I would have made the work I have without NYSA. I never would have even thought of giving sculpture, painting, and so many other mediums a try, and I definitely would not have thought that I could make anything I’d be proud of. The teachers here really push you the create the best work you can, and try things outside of your comfort zone. Had I been working on my own, I likely would have abandoned a lot of my work, or not have pushed it as far. But with the support of the teachers, I’ve made pieces that, if someone were to show to a younger version of me, I would not have believed I was the artist.

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