Evelyn  Lopez

Evelyn Lopez

Associated Dean of the College of the Arts


Cal State Fullerton

Fullerton, CA USA


If you have the passion for the art you are making, money and success will follow, but only if you persist.

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
I wanted to be a chef but after an awful experience with a customer, I decided it wasn't for me.
I went back to school after a friend suggested it.
I discovered I really liked to draw and I thought I would major in drawing and painting.
I was accepted into a highly selective drawing and painting major program.
I ended up switching to graphic design.
I was working in the industry as a graphic designer while working a second job for two years when I realized I didn't want to do this anymore.
I had a friend in the education field and decided I wanted the lifestyle he had.
I went back to school to pursue a degree in education.

Education

High School
Bachelor
Fine/Studio Arts, General
Arizona State University
Graduate
Fine/Studio Arts, General
Virginia Commonwealth University
Certification/License
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration
California State University, Fullerton

Career

Associated Dean of the College of the Arts

I oversee all facilities: music, dance, theater and the visual arts.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Art
Education
Helping People

Day to Day

There's always something to fix and I'm walking around making sure all facilities are running as they should be. If the lights are out in a theater I'm the one that gets that call and I have to go fix it.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Always saying yes to any opportunity given to you is a quality you must develop. Find a good internship that will be a good learning experience for you that will give you further insight into the career you might want to pursue. You have to develop a strong mindset and thicker skin to combat the negativity people will throw your way.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Visit the career center and talk to a specialist in the major you want to pursue and maybe down the line you could get an internship as well.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

undergrad
Bachelor
Art

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Parents:

"You shouldn't study art because you're not going to make a living."

Challenges I Overcame

First-Generation College Student