WCAAD student Sala Yu will be entering Art Center majoring in Entertainment Design in the fall 2023.
Additional Colleges Accepted:
Otis College of Art and Design- Presidential Scholarship $92,000
Laguna College of Art and Design -Scholarship $44,000
When I first met Sala, she had a hunger and the initiative to go through the program even though she only had less than a year to get in. Having a goal-oriented attitude, she was determined to get into Art Center at all costs. And found WCAAD.
When we met Sala she had confide in us her story about attempting to apply to Art Center on her own. Seeking our assistance, she decided to enroll after we discussed and planned her path. After a short time in getting to know her, I can honestly say she was inspiring, enthusiastic, and persistent.
In her time here, she has gained insight and has enriched her studies. She is always considerate and process oriented. Sala truly believes the process is more important resulting in the best outcome for her designs and/or artwork. She devotes her time and energy to every project with a sense of pride and eager to share with the world.
During her short time here, she has produced unique artworks. She has gained skills and improved immensely, despite waiting to apply to college for a year. She has fine-tuned her digital output with graphics, layouts and well thought out designs.
I believe her strengths are in building and designing with goal oriented fast output. The theoretical concepts and actualizing are inspirational to witness from her peers. She has experimented and used her time to really pursue her passion, Entertainment Design. I see this dedicated student does her research and is open to learning without ego and even collaborate. I would love to see Sala’s skills refined with her continuing education and achieve her ultimate dream.
She is always the first one to volunteer in critiques and other students look at her as she sets an example. Sala takes on leadership to motivate the group with outside activities, organizing a peer outing to LIGHTBOX (annual event in Pasadena that brings industry professionals together). She loves to announce and share various events and artists to the Entertainment peer group. She was able to create from past experiences, setbacks and gained control through art and improved her grades in community college. This obstacle is an example of her resilience and drive to be better.
Sala has been an inspiring student and always sets the bar. I find her dedicated to her passion as she is aware of her audience with the respect of Entertainment Design.
Outside school Sala organized and performed in successful charity and concerts events that raised over $3000.00 for various charities. She is also a freelance musician performing at different venues and is part of performers traveling to London. Sala’s artwork was also selected in a juried show in Pasadena City College. I cannot tell you how proud we are of her unique vision and drive to be part of the bigger picture. We wish you the best Sala!
(By Omar Gallegos, Vice Principal and Director of Education of West California Academy of Art and Design)