|Our Class at the Botanic Gardens|
As a Senior saying goodbye, I would like to share some final thoughts. I would firstly like to thank my classmates both this and last year for making each trip to Dumbo an amazing experience. I have been able to do, see, and meet more people than I ever expected. I've opened up more to people on this trip than I ever have in my college experience and I've enjoyed getting to know what makes each of you unique.
I'd like to thank my professor, Marc Dennis as well. He puts so much effort into making sure each student is learning and feeling inspired. I don't know of any other college professor who invites students into such a private setting. We meet his friends and the people he works with, we watch sports and get a drink, we talk about life and our experiences. This whole trip is centered around his connections and knowledge. It wouldn't be anything without him. He's helped motivate me to improve each day. I'm so happy and thankful to be working for him after graduation.
|Marc and I at EC Awards Banquet 2012|
This year, I feel more confident in my abilities. My sketches are better, I can talk about my work, I'm more confident speaking with people I do not know, and I'm a better painter. Improvement is a slow process and sometimes not the most obvious, but looking back to sophomore year when I became an art major, I see how much I have grown.
I know this is the life I want now, and I will find a way to do it.
Stick to your Shit & Work Harder
Goodbye New York.
|Rui overlooking the Brooklyn Heights Promenade|