Sofia Sandoval Studio Arts Major
Majors: Studio Arts and Natural Sciences
Minors/Certificates: French Minor and Conceptual Foundations of Medicine Certificate
Hometown: Katy, TX
Why did I come to Pitt? Originally I thought I got into a special pre-medicine program and came to visit the school. Once here I realized that I hadn't actually made it into the program and was crushed, but luckily I also realized that the school was one of a kind and fell in love with it.
Was Studio Arts my initial plan for a major? How did I become interested in art? Studio Arts was not necessarily my initial plan for a major, but I always knew that I wanted to do something involving art in college. Ever since I was young, art has been a huge part of my life. As a baby my grandma would sit me down next to her and we would spend afternoons painting - her on a canvas and me sprawled on the floor covered head to toe in paint.
What media do I work in most? How did this interest develop/What are my influences? I use a lot of charcoal and india ink. I really like the loose effects I can achieve with both.
What does the Studio Arts Department and/or a liberal arts environment offer me that is unique? In a liberal arts environment I get a chance to pursue multiple passions. I can take art classes and still also be able to take pre-med classes.
What am I currently working on? Right now I'm developing a new project for the fall involving visually capturing the essence of Pittsburgh neighborhoods.
Any undergraduate teaching or research activity/fellowships as an undergraduate? I am a research assistant at the Center for Craneofacial and Dental Genetics. I am also an Undergraduate Teaching Assistant and Tutor at Pitt's Academic Resource Center for Organic Chemisty.
What are my plans beyond the university? I plan to apply for National Scholarships and take a gap year or two before going to medical school.