Immersion in the arts ignited her passion

Ms Mariel Chee joined Sota to be part of something new. She is now studying at Yale-NUS College.

It was the chance of being part of something new which persuaded Ms Mariel Chee to join the School of the Arts (Sota) when it was first launched.

After graduating, that same pioneering spirit saw her join the debut batch of students at Singapore’s first liberal arts institution, Yale-NUS College. Deciding on a liberal arts education was also a natural choice after how much she enjoyed learning diverse disciplines at Sota.

“My understanding of the arts in primary school stopped at pretty drawings and colourful paintings,” said the 19-year-old.

Sota soon changed that as she was taught by teachers who are also artists, had masterclasses with professionals, and watched countless concerts and performances.

“It is hard not to love art when you are immersed in it all the time,” said the visual arts enthusiast.

She attained a near-perfect International Baccalaureate score of 44 points.

“Having an arts education also helped me to take criticism better, and I learnt to be resilient and reflect a lot more,” she added.

Now, she wants to share that passion. Having already organised art camps for children with several former classmates, she hopes to become a creative entrepreneur in the arts sector.

“It’s something I feel alive doing – brainstorming ideas as a team and bringing art to people.”

Amelia Teng

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