Unexpected Decision Leads to
By Megan Jonas
Uziel Gonzalez '22 had a significant decision to make. As a first-year pre-medicine student, he had signed up for a drawing class with Professor of Art & Design Gordon Wilson. Gonzalez intended for the course to provide a break from his science classes and fulfill the fine arts requirement.
"I was completely in the zone, working on drawing. Meanwhile, my chemistry homework was sitting on the side,” he says. "That class was eye-opening. I realized I love creating art."
Gonzalez had come to a crossroads: Should he continue pursuing a career in medicine, which he had been planning and studying for since middle school, or change course and follow his newfound passion?
With Wilson's support, Gonzalez became an art major on the graphic design and 2D art tracks. "I had never thought of graphic design or art as a career path," he says, "but I saw the possibilities that I could take with an art major and was excited."
Gonzalez felt a sense of disappointment too. "I wanted to go into medicine to help people," he says. "My mom was a nurse in Mexico, and hearing her stories of helping people in their most vulnerable moments was inspiring." Pursuing art, Gonzalez thought, was more of a selfish dream.