A 2014 graduate of West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South, Stephen Colonna is studying Liberal Arts at Mercer. But his true passion lies in illustration. He is considering a career as a graphic novelist, but then again, who knows?
While he considered other colleges, he chose MCCC because it would give him time to sharpen his illustration skills and focus his energy on his art. “But when I heard about American Honors (AH), I knew I wanted to be part of it.”
Stephen says that it’s been all good since he started in September. “I have acclimated to college life.”
With a goal of transfer in mind – maybe to the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, or the School of Visual Arts in New York City – Stephen has two key objectives for the MCCC phase of his college career: to improve his art abilities and to take care of his General Education requirements. “It’s less expensive to take them here and then I can concentrate on my art in my third and fourth year,” he says.
His two AH courses this fall – English 101 and Psychology – were great. “English, in particular, prepares you for college level writing in different subject matter. I can apply what I learned there in my other classes. The approach to writing focused not just on structure but on ideas.”
According to Colonna, that’s a thread that ran through both courses. “There is high level thinking being asked of us. Lectures are always a part, but in these classes, it’s not just a memory test. You have to be self-driven and internalize what you are learning. You have to care. That’s what American Honors is all about.”