By Troy Wilde
July 19, 2016
Tucson, AZ – Marc Sanchez could end up working for Disney as an animator. He’s 22 and a student at the University of Arizona and has a love for drawing, dating back to his early childhood.
Marc explains, “One of my vivid memories from when I was very young is of someone at church drawing a cartoon dog on his hand and showing it to me, and I was hooked from that point on. In the 90’s everyone loved Pokemon and Digimon – so I drew Pokemon and Digimon, and I also drew dinosaurs because I loved dinosaurs. After that I just kept drawing and doodling, and then I started drawing cartoons in eighth grade. In high school I started doing graffiti in sketch books and on my friends’ backpacks and shoes. And then with the support of a high school teacher I transitioned into fine art and won several competitions, and sold some of my works, which raised money for the school’s art department.”
Marc was born and raised in Yuma where he graduated from Cibola High School. He’s pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design and Illustration at the University of Arizona. He is also studying Spanish and Portuguese and hopes to eventually get a graduate degree.
Marc says his goal is to use his creative talents to tell human stories, “My hopes are to be either an animator or story-boarder for any of the big companies, or even write my own or illustrate my own stories that would focus on nationality and identity. I want to help get people to be proud of where they came from and also of their heritage. I want to tell the stories of cultures because I love traveling and I love exploring the world. I’ve met a lot of different people and have learned a lot about different cultures.”
Transitioning from his family home in Yuma to a life of independence in Tucson involved some pretty big changes for Marc:
“For me, one of the challenges was just being by myself because my mom was always on my tail about everything, because I was kind of a procrastinator – so she always had to get on my case to work on stuff, and get stuff done. Also, my freshmen year was kind of rough because I had to learn how to communicate, and work with different people, and grow. But what also helped me is that I had a bunch of friends that came to Tucson from Cibola (high school).”
Marc is among the hardworking students who have earned a scholarship from College Success Arizona, which provides up to six-thousand dollars per year for educational expenses, “Oh my gosh, when I had found that I had gotten the scholarship, it was an unbelievable blessing because it’s been helping me pay for my school since my freshmen year. Thankfully I haven’t had to take out many loans – the only loans I’ve had to take out were to go study abroad, and it was totally worth it. So I thank you guys so much for granting me the opportunity to go to school to get a degree, and to continue my education.”
The scholarship also provides students with specialized mentoring services through ‘Success Advisers.’ Marc says his success adviser, Matt Sotelo, has “Been a great help. Every time I see him, no matter what, he always has a smile, and has always been able to help in whatever situation I’m in. He’s always giving me information for newer scholarships, and also encourages me to attend events that could potentially help further my career, and develop myself as a leader.
Marc has some advice for middle and high school students considering college, “Just don’t give up. Get out of your comfort zone and get to college. Take out loans if you have to because it’ll be worth it in the end. Go to college and get a degree and you’ll meet people along the way who will help you, and push you, and mentor you to where you want to get to.”