Art student aspires to teach
Every child aspires to be great when they grow up; each one with a different dream and goal in life.
As for 19-year-old Ezra Andersen from Saipipi, his dream is to become an Art Teacher.
He is a first-year student enrolled at the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa (C.C.C.S.) Vocational College in Savai'i, majoring in Arts.
His dream, he said, started when he was still young.
"I fell in love with art and drawing since I was little," he told the Samoa Observer.
"I am the youngest of my parents' three children and my older siblings and other relatives all have a passion for art. So that's how it all started for me.
"I started sketching from a very young age and it is what I do when I am bored at home. As I grew up, I learned more skills and started drawing anything that comes to mind.
"I have a passion for drawing and it's something I've always wanted to pursue."
Some of Ezra's artwork was on display at the Salelologa market during an e-Marketing event that took place in Savai'i earlier this week.
An experience he said he will never forget.
"I guess it's true what they say that hard work pays off," he said with a smile on his face.
"When you see people being amazed by something you had done and something you worked for is an awesome feeling. I know I'm just starting and still learning, but the fact that my paintings and artworks turned heads and were admired by people is very motivating.
"I needed this to push me to do better and to improve with my talent. Not all of us were born to work in an air conditioning office you know, so whatever talent God has blessed you with, you just have to keep doing your best so you will succeed."
Instead of setting up his own art studio in the future to display his work, Mr. Andersen aspires to become an art teacher so he can be an inspiration to the children of Samoa.
"The goal is to learn as much as I can, improve my skills and get better each day so I can qualify to become an Art teacher in the future.
"I want to share whatever knowledge I gain with the other children in the country who want to become artists in the future.
"I want to be an inspiration for them and someone they can look up and seek help when they need it in the future. That is my goal.
"I will keep trying and improve my skills and will just keep drawing. I am a true believer in the saying that practice makes perfect so I will not give up.
"I want to be successful and become a teacher so I can help my parents, especially my mother whom I draw my inspirations from."