Who says you can’t have or do it all? After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in fine art from the University of the Philippines Diliman, and launching Soon The Moon, a brand of cute, handmade clay-based accessories and accent pieces, Sofia Andin is now pursuing a degree in—wait for it—medicine.
“I always had medicine in mind, even as I applied to art school,” she says. “I wanted to be a doctor, but I knew that I also want to learn more about art and be an artist too. I want to help people through art, medicine, or both.”
My Pope chats with the 22-year-old about juggling two seemingly opposite interests, and what she would tell people with multiple passions.
Please describe the kind of art that you do.
I work with clay. The past year, I’ve made wearable art from polymer clay including rings, earrings, figurines, and all sorts of tiny things. Right now, I’m learning ceramics and hope to be able to share my ceramic work in the future.
Can you say you are more creative—or cerebral?
Sometimes I’m good at neither. I went to Quezon City Science High School and I heard a lot of people saying maybe I should’ve gone to Philippine High School for the Arts instead. In college, I got a lot of remarks saying maybe I should’ve gone to a traditional pre-med course instead.
I believe art and science are two sides of the same coin. They work hand in hand and the most meaningful things have art and science working together beautifully. I love them both and I’ll always be grateful for that.
How are you able to manage running your business with med school?
At its core, the business is self-expression in the form of art. When school gets a little too stressful, I work on my business. When the business gets too stressful, I study a little harder.
What is the goal?
I want to be a doctor and I want to be a ceramicist. I want to help patients get better and I want to make beautiful things.
What would you say to someone who thinks that they can only be one thing, like an artist or doctor only?
Keep all of your passions. Let them feed into each other. Let them grow. If you have a couple of things you really care about and you want to devote your time to, go for it.
Bet on yourself. Believe in your skills, your truth, your capability. Believe in yourself when no one else will. It’ll pay off. You don’t have to pick one thing and devote your life to that. We are capable of so much more than a single thing. Keep everything you love and let them grow with you.