Meet Laura Cervantez, a sixteen-year-old junior residing in Turkey! Laura, a six-year TPS veteran, will be editing for the Arts & Culture section this year. She was initially drawn to the A&C section due to her passion for art, and eventually, she became interested in the editor position so she could engage with each of the nine columns equally. She enjoys numerous aspects of TPS, including, but of course not limited to, the wonderfully patient teachers, the sense of community, and the myriad of friends Laura has made throughout the years.
She is enrolled in TPS’s English 4/5/6 College American Lit, Physics, World History, Spanish 2, and Graphic Arts: Adobe Illustrator. Although she is looking forward to each of these classes, Laura is particularly excited for Graphic Arts, as she is passionate about anything art. She loves drawing, especially portraits, either with graphite or charcoal, or even both. It therefore comes as little surprise that she is considering the field of art as a career. In addition to art, Laura plays guitar and a little piano and composes songs of her own as well; she always has a song going through her head!
Recently, Psalm 8:3-4 has stuck out to Laura: “When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?” These verses really speak to her as she loves nature, and whenever she is out, whether it be exploring Turkish caves or hiking, she is constantly reminded of how incredible God’s works are. Laura strives to use her life to glorify God.
Laura’s Myers-Briggs type is INFJ and her Enneagram type is 4. Her favorite color is purple, no doubt about that! Her entire room is basically purple. If she could stay any age for the remainder of her life, she would choose thirteen. That way, she is young enough not to have the shadow of college looming over her, but old enough to participate in fun activities that come with being a teenager. When it comes to pet peeves, Laura cannot stand toes, toenails, or feet at all. The mere mention of those words makes her shudder. Living in Turkey, and speaking Turkish fluently, has brought Laura to appreciate many types of cuisines; one her favorites is called kuru fasulye, which consists of rice, beans, and meat.
Enthusiasm for art, overall phenomenal organization, and contagious kindness will make Laura a great addition to the 2020-2021 Arts & Culture team and to clay. I am beyond excited to work with her this year! Welcome to the staff, Laura!