Paulina Eguino, Art

On Dec. 19, UW–Madison will celebrate its Winter 2021 Commencement. We reached out to a few of our students who are graduating from programs in the School of Education to learn about their favorite UW–Madison memories and future plans. Following is a Q&A with Paulina Eguino, who is graduating with a BFA in art. 

Photo of Paulina Eguino

What brought you to UW–Madison? 

I am from Los Angeles, California — specifically a city called Pacoima in the San Fernando Valley. I was brought here by a full-tuition, merit-based scholarship through the Posse Foundation.

What is your major, and how did you choose it? 

I am a fine arts major with concentrations in neon glass working, screen printing, and comics. I chose my concentrations because they challenged me. In these three disciplines, you have to work in layers and ordered steps to achieve what you are trying to make. I found that being challenged in the process made me more appreciative of and grateful for my work. 

What was your most meaningful experience at UW–Madison? 

I will never forget my experience living in the Studio Learning Community in Sellery Hall. There were plenty of good and bad times. But living there really provided me with a strong base of friends and a community of artists/creators. The friends I made there have been my longest lasting friendships in all of my college career.

"I will never forget my experience living in the Studio Learning Community in Sellery Hall. There were plenty of good and bad times. But living there really provided me with a strong base of friends and a community of artists/creators."

Any advice for incoming students? What do you know now that you wish you knew when you started at UW? 

Study what you want, not what you think you want. This can avoid major mental breakdowns and identity crises and drastic switches in your major. I would also say that as an art student, you don’t need to follow the four-year plan exactly. I took some classes as a freshman and sophomore that were intended for upperclassmen, and it really changed the course of my career in a positive way.

What are your plans for the future? 

As a first-generation student, I definitely want to go to grad school. I will probably take a year or two off though to save money and travel. I’m also looking at post baccalaureate programs and artist residencies in Italy. I have this goal for myself that I must finish writing a comic book before I’ll let myself go to grad school.

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