LEAP Student Highlight – Octavia Cordova

Octavia Cordova is pursuing her Bachelors of Science in Zoology with a Pre-Vet Concentration and a LEAP Minor


The LEAP program recognizes that success in the arts is being redefined in the 21st century, and that the skills needed to be a successful artist extend beyond the studio, stage, and performance hall. An innovative mind, an entrepreneurial spirit, and a passion for the arts are all essential for success. These principles are not just exclusive to artists, but serve all students well, no matter where their career leads them.

The LEAP Institute for the Arts not only provides on-campus and online students the professional resources they need to become more marketable, but will let students and professionals explore other career opportunities using their creative toolkit. I had the chance to speak with undergraduate student and LEAP minor Octavia Cordova about her experiencing just that while in the LEAP program.

Why did you decide to add the LEAP minor?

I love art and art management. I had previous high school experience in making my own gallery events and choir programs and I missed it once I got into college and got focused on science. I am a strong advocate for art and music so I wanted to know how to further my knowledge of management and advocacy.

How do you think the skills you learn in LEAP could help you in your future career?

Most of my LEAP classes have allowed me to focus on how I can use art and music as a tool for my field of work. I have learned how I can incorporate art into animal rights advocacy and the animal shelter I eventually want to start. I have learned grant writing, marketing, event planning, goal setting, and many other valuable real-life skills that I will be able to apply to my life dream.

What classes or aspects do you like most about the LEAP coursework? Does it directly relate or integrate into your major coursework in any way? If so, how?

I like that it’s a break from my normal coursework and gives me freedom to focus on things and projects that I actually care about. I have already a pretty hefty portfolio of projects the relate to my future animal shelter and they are things I will be able to use in the future to get it started.