Hilda Velasquez

Hilda Velasquez

My advice is to travel and see the world, because we grow as human beings and as professionals. Hilda Velasquez , Adjunct Faculty, Spanish , The Art Institute of San Antonio, a branch of The Art Institute of Houston
What would you say is the defining moment in your life when you knew you were destined to become a creative professional?

Since I was 8 or 10 years old I wanted to be journalist and communicator to be in TV.  Later, I studied a bachelor degree in Communication but I went into the advertising and marketing field, and I love it.

How do you weave your professional background into the classroom experience to provide an industry veteran's sense of the realities / challenges / opportunities of the profession?

Here at the The Art Institute of San Antonio I feel like a fish in the water, because even when I am teaching Spanish, I feel identified with the degree we teach. Therefore I bring my cultural and communication background into my classroom to give students the opportunity to know the Hispanic world through media, ads, movies, etc.

Is there a class assignment that exemplifies your approach to teaching and mentoring? Similarly, how does your approach inspire each student to push themselves beyond their own perceived limits?

Every student has to do a cultural presentation about an Hispanic country and a specific topic related with their degree, so they have done great presentations about fashion, food, photography and the movie industry in Hispanic countries, which has opened their eyes to learn more and see beyond the American borders.

What role does collaboration contribute to students' success, especially when students from other programs contribute to the same project?

My students learn from each other when they do their cultural presentations.

In your opinion, what is the single most important thing you impart to your students to help them succeed in your class and in the real world? Alternatively, what is the most critical advice you would offer any student as he / she embarks on a creative career?

My advice is to travel and see the world, because we grow as human beings and as professionals.