Jonathan Rojas is a junior at Rutgers double majoring in Visual Arts and Education. He transferred to the School of Arts & Sciences from Mason Gross School of the Arts when he realized the true direction he wanted to follow within the field of art. He has future goals of becoming an art teacher, or possibly a counselor. In asking what the Visual Arts major entails, Jonathan responded,
“From my experience in the program, it gives you a background and foundation of all the art that’s out there. I took a couple of classes in art history and it spanned from prehistoric times to contemporary art. So, it sets down the foundation for the student to start thinking creatively so that he or she can build their own style.”
Before attending a fine and performing arts high school, Jonathan knew he had an interest in drawing since he was a child. He believes we all have a personal responsibility to try to figure out our passions and find a way to make them your life. Through his experiences at Rutgers, meeting new people and getting involved with organizations, he discovered his admiration for mentorship and thus decided to pursue the Education major.
I’ve always liked that mentorship type role and being involved. I’ve always found some type of way to do so whether it was helping other teachers or doing community service. It was a moment that I had, I forget what I was doing, but I just got caught up with whatever it was and I just realized that I like teaching people, I like helping people and I like art and I can see myself as an art teacher so why not do it.”