D. H. Conley
Studio Art – New Media and Design
Career Plans & Goals
My career goals consist of owning my very own arts-related business and using my platform to advocate for artistic expression and promote humanitarian efforts.
– Peer Academic Leader (2020 – Present) – College of Visual and Performing Arts Student Ambassador (2019 – Present) – Grogan Residential College Community Ambassador (2019 – 2020) – Disciplinary Honors
Why did you choose UNCG and specifically UNCG for the Arts?
I chose UNCG for the Arts because its vibrancy was seen from the beginning. I loved the diversity within the program and the opportunity to dive into my passion for art from the very beginning.
Are you where you thought you’d be when you first came to campus?
In many ways yes, and in some ways no! I would say that if you were to ask me if I’d be where I am at UNCG today during my freshman year, I would be in slight disbelief but not surprised! I knew from the moment that I came to UNCG that I wanted to work my way up in getting involved. I had my challenges freshman year in terms of homesickness and figuring out where I “fit in”, but I had confidence that I would find my way – I just had no idea it would be this path!
My peak experience would have to be creating clay self-portraits and inflatables in my Sculpture II class! They were some highlight projects during my time in the foundations program and I’ll never forget how fun they were.
What surprised you?
I would say that the overall atmosphere of the Gatewood building surprised me! You get a chance to learn who your peers are as artists and move along the program with them. You can feel the sense of community and the ways in which all departments of CVPA support/positively influence one another.
Who helped you get to where you are now?
Beyond my family, I would definitely say CVPA! It has been like my University home base/safe space. They constantly connect us students with opportunities amongst the larger University and the outside Greensboro community. They really are one of a kind and I don’t think I would have even known/applied to be a student ambassador for my department had I not been so greatly informed!
What do you think you will miss the most after you graduate?
One thing I know for sure is that I am going to miss being able to access Gatewood on the weekends and during late hours to do fun projects! I’ll never forget how much time I spent there and what amazing things were created/seen as a result.
Advice for the incoming class?
My advice is to be true to you all while pushing your boundaries! Times get tough sometimes, but as long as you let your light shine there is no doubt you will find your way. Try new things and explore different opportunities on campus! You’d be surprised what you can be a part of and what new things you learn about yourself.
Describe the moment you knew you UNCG was for you (or alternatively the moment you knew you were in the right major):
I knew UNCG was for me after my time at Destination UNCG in 2018. It was a day before my 18th birthday and I hadn’t fully made my decision. I knew I had the intention of going, but I told my parents that my time there would confirm. It was a beautiful day and I had the opportunity to tour the art building again (I had previously visited during my junior year of high school). I was so excited and I could see my parent’s excitement for me. It felt like me and the beginning of what I’d always wanted my college artistic experience to be like. After leaving Gatewood, I got to take a picture with both Spiro and Minerva, all while taking in the beauty of campus – I was sold!
Your favorite place on campus and why?
My favorite place on campus is definitely the cafe! I loved going there to have a meal and sitting out on one of the balconies for fresh air on nice days. You could find me there most likely if I wasn’t in Gatewood!
Your favorite professor or class and why?
It is quite hard to pinpoint a favorite professor, as everyone that I have taken a class with have been amazing! But, I will say that out of every professor, I have taken the most classes with Professor Riley and she is incredible! I have learned so much in her classes that I get to use for my own business and for that I am forever grateful. She is so kind and skilled, and it is clear that she is excited to work with her students!
Anything else you would like to share about your experience at UNCG and in your major that you think prospective students should know about?
Make the most of your time here, as it really dos go by in a flash! But in the meantime, seek out opportunities that excite you and go for it because you won’t regret it.
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