When people hear that I am originally from Dayton, OH they often ask how I got to Winthrop University. I attended Stivers School for the Arts where my main focus, starting in the 8th grade, was in ceramics. My senior year I applied and was accepted to several universities with great ceramic departments, and I visited them all for the exception of Winthrop University. Winthrop’s ceramic professor, Jim Connell, called me after viewing my portfolio I sent him and asked to meet while he was going to be in Ohio for a workshop. I was more of a fan of Jim’s work from posters and images in books and magazines, so he is how I knew of Winthrop. After just a short discussion I made my decision to attend Winthrop. Winthrop gave me the chance to grow and mature as a person and an artist. The faculty encouraged me to challenge myself and to create art without limits or boundaries. I have shown my work in several galleries, managed art spaces, and helped start a truly great space for art at Gallery Up. I cannot yet explain my happiness in my decision to attend Winthrop, but I know I will always benefit from my experience. My professors may now be my friends but I am happy to know they will never stop encouraging me and will keep their expectations high.