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Major: Studio Art major with a concentration in Drawing and Visual Arts Education.

Graduation Year: May 2019

Hometown: Stockton, CA

Activities: Community Involvement Program scholar, Community Involvement Program Student Association. On the side, a few other students and I are in the process of starting an art club open to students of all majors.

Mia Arostigui Cabrera

"I wanted to major in something I am passionate about and in something that makes me genuinely happy. I believe that if you follow your passion and choose what makes you happy, success is sure to follow."

Q: Why did you decide to come to Pacific?

A: I decided to come to Pacific early in my senior year of high school. I started to realize how many of my classmates were going to go to school far, far away to learn incredible things, but never come back to Stockton. I wanted to continue to grow in Stockton and to be one of the many people who help Stockton and its community transform.

Q: Why did you choose to study Studio Art?

A: Ever since I was about four years old, I knew I wanted to be an artist. I proclaimed it to my family while drawing on a bookshelf. Over the years my career choices changed, but they always had art at their core. I did not want to choose my major just for a guaranteed job. I wanted to major in something I am passionate about and in something that makes me genuinely happy. I completed so much rigorous coursework throughout high school just so I would be able to go to a school where I could finally do what I have always wanted to do: create. I believe that if you follow your passion and choose what makes you happy, success is sure to follow.

Q: What's your favorite Pacific memory?

A: My favorite Pacific memory is probably my first Tiger Rally. I remember getting so excited about being a Pacific student and, more importantly, being a Tiger. In between singing and dancing, it was really fun to act crazy just to try to get a t-shirt or wristband thrown to us. I loved seeing all of the new friends I made and feeling like everyone in that arena was family.

Q: What would you tell a prospective student who wants to study Studio Art?

A: To a prospective student who wants to study Studio Art: Do it. If your heart is fully into it, do it. Do not let people make you feel bad about your choice. A choice with passion behind it is better than a choice made out of obligation. When you are passionate about art, your coursework will never feel like work and eventually, your future career won't feel like work either. Because it is what makes you happy. We only have one life so don't be afraid to choose what you love.