It was difficult to choose my major, as I found so many subjects significant in shaping my identity. I could not decide between theatre, art, and English in the first couple of years of my undergraduate career. I ultimately chose Art because I could easily incorporate written language into its contexts, and the practice itself challenged me as both an individual and a maker.
What was your most meaningful experience at UW–Madison?
This is such a difficult question! I’ve had so many rich experiences at UW–Madison. Working in the darkroom with Professor Tomiko Jones was incredibly meaningful, as I had never experienced a physical relationship with my photography before. Jones encouraged my growth and overall practice, aiding my development in this process.
What class or professor had the greatest impact on you, and why?
I cannot choose between three professors, so I hope three is narrowed enough (oops).
Professor Tomiko Jones, Professor Darcy Padilla, and Professor Laurie Beth Clark have all been so important to me. These women are incredible, successful, inspirational individuals who have encouraged my success inside and outside the classroom. The care they have shown for me has been a backbone throughout my experience at UW–Madison, and I could not express my gratitude enough.
Professor Jones, thank you for helping me put my first roll of film in a camera and continuing to believe in my potential. Professor Darcy Padilla, thank you for teaching me how to speak about photography more succinctly, allowing me to assert myself in professional spaces. And finally, Professor Laurie Beth Clark, thank you for showing me that my work has a place in our art community, allowing me to feel capable and confident in the things I do.
"Professor Tomiko Jones, Professor Darcy Padilla, and Professor Laurie Beth Clark have all been so important to me. These women are incredible, successful, inspirational individuals who have encouraged my success inside and outside the classroom. The care they have shown for me has been a backbone throughout my experience at UW–Madison, and I could not express my gratitude enough."Victoria Hoff
What advice would you give to incoming students?
Encourage yourself to do things that are difficult. Take the class you think you would not be good at, finish the reading that is difficult to understand, and be brave with your work. Make connections with your professors and colleagues. Cherish the time before and after class and make time to get to know the individuals around you (even in giant lectures once those are safe again).
How will you celebrate your graduation?
My partner and I are visiting my aunt, who is like a mother to me. We have not been able to see her for over a year since she is immuno-compromised, and we did not want to cause her harm (or spread COVID, of course). By graduation, we will all be vaccinated and can finally see one another. I am so excited to wander her farm, holding ducks and enjoying spring with my family.
What are your plans for the future?
I do not have solid plans, but I am very hopeful for my future. I have a job lined up this summer as a camp counselor, and I’m really excited to work with children. I am hoping to try different types of work, finding what suits me and what does not. I will be applying to artist residencies, and eventually, graduate school. I will keep making work, so look out for performances and other work from me!
You’re a UW–Madison expert now, so we must ask: Where’s the best place to eat on campus?
I love food, so this is such a difficult decision. One of the food carts at Library Mall, Natural Juice, is incredible. Kim, the owner, makes delightful spring rolls. I always feel like my mom is making me lunch. The food carries so much love and care. Make sure to get them extra spicy! (They are also really affordable.)