With the main objectives and tasks of Arielle for her gap year over and done with, as far as college application is concerned (More posts about gap year here, here, and here):

  1.  her college application at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD)

–  transcript of records

–  English proficiency test

–  (2) recommendation letters

–  certificate of funds (bank statement)

–  application fee

–  enrollment and housing fee


2.  Achievement Honors Scholarship application

–  art portfolio (maximum of 20 best works) uploaded to SCAD’s Slideroom

–   resume

–   500-word essay on academic and personal experience, why she would want to go to SCAD, her goals, and how SCAD will be able to help her in her aspirations

–  mock interview


3.  International Student Scholarship

–  500-word essay on how an international education would influence her artworks, goals, and



4.  Final Interview and Decision on Scholarship


I decided to do a series of short interviews with her on the following topics:

  • college and scholarship application process
  • taking up Animation in college
  • going away for college
  • gap year
  • homeschooling
  • plans after college
  • parting words


To start the interview series, I asked her first HOW IT FEELS AFTER HER FINAL INTERVIEW LAST MARCH 3.  (Excuse the quite noisy background and venue.  I wanted to catch her in high spirits after her interview and I took advantage of the time we had before going to another SCAD event.

And so, for this and my next blog posts, I hope you’ll enjoy hearing from the homeschooler herself, for a change 🙂




  1. Posted March 10, 2016 at 10:11 AM | Permalink

    Congratulations to you and Arielle! You both did a great job! I’m sure Arielle will enjoy and learn a lot in her new school!

    • racquel
      Posted March 13, 2016 at 7:03 AM | Permalink

      Thanks again, Monica! You were part of this achievement and we share it with you! 🙂

  2. Posted March 11, 2016 at 8:52 AM | Permalink

    Wow ang bilis ng gap year! She’s finally off to college, how exciting! 🙂 Looking forward to your interview series. What an exciting time for Arielle. 🙂

    • racquel
      Posted March 13, 2016 at 7:04 AM | Permalink

      Hi, Carmel! Yes, ang bilis! Thank you! 🙂

  3. Sophia Derequito
    Posted April 1, 2016 at 10:32 AM | Permalink

    Soar high Arielle… You’re doing a great job Racquel. Congratulations and Here’s wishing you the best of luck on your next journey. My unceasing prayers for you and your family. Kudos!

    • racquel
      Posted April 1, 2016 at 1:01 PM | Permalink

      Thanks, Claire! 🙂 Prayers are very much appreciated! Yay!!! 🙂

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