Ever since I was a child, I was fascinated by both arts and technology. Throughout my life the two were like helixes tightly wound one around the other. I always wanted to marry the two, but did not know how, in part because through my rather conservative education I was continually discouraged to do so. It was not until I got into College that I discovered "accepted" ways of combining the two.
My greatest influence is my own family. Ever since I learned I was going to become a dad, my life took a dramatic turn and I never looked back. Even in the hardest of times, my family is what fuels my passion and gives me the energy to tackle even the toughest of challenges.
I would like to extend this question to what are the most important qualities of any student. I believe it is a sense of confidence, self-sufficiency, and the ability to self-reflect and question. I believe that is the key to higher education and, ultimately, life-long success.
Arts in this case serve as that "outside the box" kind of creativity, unaffected by pre-existing laws and rules. Whomever can navigate such a nearly infinite space of possibilities will surely have the strength and persistence to tackle just about any obstacle.