STUDENT STORY | Samantha Lantz, AFA graduate

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Samantha Lantz of Greensburg came to WCCC as an undecided major after graduating from high school. With the guidance and support of her WCCC faculty and advisors, Lantz earned an associate of fine arts degree and successfully transferred to Seton Hill University where she’s now pursuing a bachelor’s degree in studio arts.

“I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life but I felt if I was out of school for a time, I wouldn’t want to go back,” Lantz said.

“I chose WCCC mainly for the low tuition and because it was close to home.”

By taking some general education classes and getting to know her professors, she said she received helpful guidance in selecting a major she would enjoy.

“I’ve always enjoyed art so when one of my professors told me about the AFA (associate of fine arts) degree, I chose that as my major,” she said.

While discovering her passion for art at WCCC, Lantz immersed herself in activities by serving as vice president of the Art Club and attending an intensive weeklong art course at Touchstone Center for Crafts, an organization that partners with the college each summer to offer studio classes for WCCC credit.

“I received a scholarship for the Touchstone course and it was amazing,” Lantz said.

“I learned so much in one week. I didn’t know the first thing about blacksmithing when it started but by the end of the week, I knew what I was doing.”

Lantz said that she feels her WCCC education has given her an upper hand in her studio art classes at Seton Hill University.

“The smaller classes and personalized instruction at the community college really helped me,” she said.

“For example, when we were learning to stretch canvas, I had already learned the basics at WCCC, so I felt I was ahead of the game.”

“I tell everyone who’s considering transferring to take as many classes as you can at WCCC because you’ll save a lot of money while still working toward your degree,” said Lantz.

“Plus, it’s important to go beyond your classes and get involved because it’s those extra things on your transcript that sets you apart.”

Lantz credits WCCC for helping her to pursue her dream of completing a master’s degree in fine arts and teaching art at a college someday.

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