Molly Bokor '16
University of Michigan '20
15 Years at CSG
Laying the Foundation for Success
It wasn't until the end of my junior year that I truly found my passion. I always believed that success meant having good grades or doing well on your ACT, but CSG taught me that there is more to success than scores. At the end of my junior year, I compiled all of my artwork and sat down with my art teacher for a portfolio review. My hope was that I would get into the AP Studio Art class. Little did I know that this would not be the last time I heard the words “portfolio review”. After getting into this high level course, my teacher and classmates helped me realize that my love for art can be more than a hobby. CSG had instilled in me a drive to pursue what I love and what makes me happy, not what others expect of me. After this realization, I concentrated on creating an official portfolio to send with my college applications that first semester of senior year. With the help of my teachers and classmates, I reached a level of success I had not expected to achieve. This process and the continuous support from the CSG community gave me great pride and a feeling of success.
Beyond the classroom
My passion for art continued beyond the classroom, but there were many other things I participated in as well. During my high school career, I played volleyball and lacrosse, making myself a two-sport athlete for four years. Freshman year, I was just happy to be a part of a team; but beginning sophomore year I realized that I had much more responsibility on these teams. As a sophomore on the volleyball team, I was elected varsity captain. This was not a role to be taken lightly, for as a sophomore, I did not understand the responsibility that it entailed. I took on this role, however, and in one day transformed from an underclassman to a leader on my team. It was difficult at times, but having the responsibility at such a young age made me more mature and reliable. I continued my position on the volleyball team, and in senior year I was honored with this same job on the lacrosse team. It gave me such joy over the four years to be a part of a team and spend time with such great people outside of school.
CSG saw something in me that I had not seen in myself. I was nominated by the faculty to participate in the YWCA Bright Futures Leadership Program. After applying and getting into this program, I spent my junior year with a group of incredible people. There were girls from schools all over central Ohio whose teachers and advisors had seen something special in them, as well. Together, we developed skills, techniques, and relationships that I will never forget. We opened up to each other, and conversations became more than simple discussions. As I looked around the room, I realized that the real accomplishment was not the nomination for the role, but the experience of being in the same room as the incredible people surrounding me.
Finding a College Home
If you had asked me during my sophomore year where I wanted to go to college, I would have quickly replied, “I have no idea, but I have time.” It wasn't until junior year, however, that I found my dream school. My brother, who was a freshman at the time, attended The University of Michigan. I hadn't thought much about applying there, but when I visited him I absolutely fell in love with the school. The campus, the people, and the academics were all a perfect fit for me, but it was definitely a reach. With the admission process becoming tougher each year, I needed something that would help me stand out on paper. I looked online at the different majors and colleges within the university, and the Stamps School of Art and Design stood out to me with bold colors. It was at that moment that I realized I could go to school and do what I love to do. What began as a hobby suddenly became my career path. I soon understood that this was no simple task; applying to the art school would take more than a press of a button. After numerous portfolio reviews and artist statements, I was extremely proud of the portfolio that I had created, and I submitted my application. Waiting felt like an eternity, until I finally heard that I was accepted!
At Michigan, I will be double majoring in art and industrial organizational studies. My hope is that this will allow me to explore my creativity while applying a functional aspect to my studies. I am interested in pursuing applied art rather than fine art, including art that we encounter every day. There is art all around us, from the pencil with which I sketch to the chair on which I am sitting. I have strong ambitions to pursue this type of art that is both functional and creative.