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It’s Cool to go to School

I am featured in an article on Northern Arizona University’s web site. Thanks, NAU!

Matagi Sorensen at work. photo: Holly Troy
Matagi Sorensen at work. photo: Holly Troy

Since I have a degree in art (BFA with a concentration in Metalsmithing) and am making art and jewelry for my living, Northern Arizona University asked if they could write a profile about me for their Difference that Matters page.  They were interested in how I decided to go to NAU and about the Whiteman Scholarship for Fine Art that I received. I was honored and excited, so of course, I said, “yes!”

Last summer, a journalist and student film makers came to the Verde Valley and interviewed me while I worked. Man, it was over 100 degrees on those days—whew—and no air conditioning, but it was fun. We filmed some on Jerome, too (that was before Zen Mountain Gallery began showing my work), since I wanted to show the film makers a view of what used to be Yavapai-Apache land.

Now there is a big picture of me on the top of NAU’s homepage and a link to a pretty nice article called Iron Will and a video about my work and my experience at NAU. It feels kind of weird to be featured like this, but cool, too!

Here’s the video:

All in all, school was a pretty great experience. I am so glad I went—at some point I might even go to grad school. It’s a good time to work hard and get support for your ideas, and be around people who have the same interests. No matter what you’re interested in, college is worth going to—you never know where it will lead.

Thanks, NAU!

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