Hello, I am a transfer student seeking to apply to School of Visual Arts under their BFA Photography and Video program. As a part of their application requirements, I need to submit a 500-word statement of intent. I hope you guys can help me out. Thank you in advance!
I still remember the first time that I recognized that my consciousness had started. It was my 3rd birthday and I woke up to my then 16-year old sister telling me "happy birthday!" The next thing I know I was grabbing a piece of paper and pencil and it was the start of my life and my love for the arts. Looking back I didn't have a wonderful childhood, I grew up with two older half-sisters that gave me only half of the love they can offer to a young child. But art was able to fulfill the other half that I was denied of. Recognizing that her youngest child back then had interest in art, she would bring home scrap paper from her job for me to draw on. I learned to draw a stick figure before I even knew how to write and for the next 13 years of my life I was the class artist. But as the art form I was partaking on became stagnant in my heart, it yearned for a new flame. It was photography.
Through my tear-soaked memory, I saw my 13-year old self sketching a camera at the back of my journal hoping that one day I'll get to own one. But as the universe played its game, my wish was granted. There, a passion for a new form of art was sparked inside of me. The camera almost never left my side throughout high school.
As years went by, a chance peeked through when it was time for me to enter college. I applied to De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde under the Bachelor of Arts in Multimedia Arts program. I was ecstatic, but my family couldn't afford it. I begged through and through until they agreed to allow me to be a full-time student but on the condition that I'll need to grab a scholarship before I enter my sophomore year. My first semester, I failed a subject, this became a wrench to my goals in life. But instead of backing down, I worked my way out and became a scholar at the start of my sophomore year until I graduated. Finishing my college degree as the official school publication's Photography Editor. During those years, photography became the reason I was able to study as my position in the school publication took the weight off my family's back.
But my struggles didn't end there, as my depression lingered at the back, there are times I wanted to end my life's journey, but I look back to these memories as if they are a photo wall, a still for every chapter of my life that brought me to where I am now. I look back how photography opened up the doors for me to survive and gain myself education through it. With photography, I am given a chance to immortalize these memories and I believe that SVA is the key to me being able to bring these life-stills to the world.