Majoring in art history and comparative literature and intercultural studies while a member of the Counterpoint Dance Company, rising senior Tori Watson embodies the creative spirit and intellectual curiosity of the Franklin College and UGA. This summer, she completed a mural in downtown Athen, and when she’s not dancing, painting or volunteering, she might be researching Dutch art for her Honors thesis. She shares a bit of her Amazing Student journey:
How did you choose your major?
I am so grateful that I stumbled upon comparative literature freshman year because it challenges me to read books outside of American literature. I can also explore how literature connects with cultural forms such as the visual arts, film and music. I also decided to take some art and art history classes my freshman year, and after taking one intro art history course, I was hooked. I love how art allows people to express themselves and document their unique experiences. Art history and comparative literature together allows me to analyze intersecting histories, philosophies, politics and cultural forms. Both majors are helping me develop a greater understanding of cultural diversity in an increasingly globalized age.
What is your favorite class you’ve taken?
I love when I can make connections between my classes in different disciplines. My favorite class was History of the United States 1865 to Present (Honors) with Brian Drake. He gave us total freedom to explore ideas in our research papers. I incorporated art history into my essays, using photographs from my Modern Photography art history class with Janice Simon as evidence. I try to make connections between my classes each semester because it helps me engage with the material and understand big-picture concepts.
Image: Tori Watson, with the mural she created "Give Love. Together" for the Athens Mural Alley Project inside the Lyndon House Arts Center. (Photo by Andrew Davis Tucker/UGA)