When Adair Ewin opened her university acceptance letter, she was thrilled to be a Longhorn. Her mother and sister had both attended UT, but it wasn’t until Adair attended a Longhorn football game that she knew UT was the place for her.
“Seeing the entire community in one place supporting each other made UT exciting to me,” she said.
After graduating from All Saints' Episcopal School in Fort Worth, where she was student body president, co-editor-in-chief of the yearbook and received varsity letters in soccer, tennis and field hockey, Adair began her college life as an art history student.
Adair quickly realized that she wanted to use her creativity to help people through art, so she changed her major to Art Education and Visual Art Studies. This spring, Adair is student teaching at Gullett Elementary and Gorzycki Middle School, and after graduation in May she hopes to teach in a middle school setting.
“There’s such an opportunity to guide adolescents through art at that age,” Adair said. “Middle school is all about identity, and I hope that I can be a positive influence on my students.”
Through art criticism in her classes, Adair has realized the vulnerability that comes with creating and discussing art, and she hopes to use that openness in her own classroom to teach life-long lessons.
“It’s important that students learn at an early age to respect other people’s opinions,” she said. “The most important thing to teach is that everyone has different viewpoints, and that’s OK. From there, you can start to think about your own opinions.”
Adair believes that her teachers and mentors in the art program at UT have prepared her for a career in art education.
“I feel so prepared for the real world,” she said. “The skills I’ve learned here, if I use them correctly and work hard enough, will really make a difference in children’s lives.”