It’s 4 a.m. in Potter Hall and everyone’s gone except for Western junior Truman Vasko. Vasko is up and alert, using one computer to export an animation, while at the same time using another computer to finish up a different project, and working in his sketch pad, drawing up yet another animation. Though some people might think he is just pulling a one time all-nighter to meet his deadline, this is actually an every night process for Vasko.
Vasko has been drawing from a young age, studying his cousins’ creative skills. He also started watching cartoons and soon mimicked some of those designs. As Vasko looks back on his childhood and the things that influenced him to pursue animation, he tells about times he watched Spiderman, and a time where he went to an animation camp, which he says was amazing. Despite all of this, one of his biggest influences was a coloring contest he won in preschool, which he explains, “set everything off.”
“It’s a weird process. I try to keep everything where it moves smoothly where I’m not stressed at all,” Vasko said about spending time in Potter Hall.
Vasko understands that he has to get through the long, sleepless nights before he can make a living. Sometimes he spends all night, but is still able to produce exceptional work.
“I was here until five in the morning, and that was the first time I left after Truman,” Western student, and fellow Potter native, Scott Noble said.
Another student, Michaela Haag, who also spends a lot of time in Potter Hall, agrees with Noble.
“He’s here like every night all night, and then during the day, I’ll see him sleeping on the couches because he has been here all night,” Haag said.
Although Vasko doesn’t sleep much, he is able to maintain his grades and make the Dean’s List. When asked how he is able to put in so many hours working on projects while maintaining his grades, Vasko gives a simple reply.
“You know, I’ve asked myself the same question. I guess God’s really blessed me,” Vasko said. “I just try to keep a list of stuff that I’ve got to do. I try to mark them off as I go and try to do what needs to be done first. If it’s due later, then I can skip on that and do my psychology homework or something.”
Vasko gives advice to other students who may not like their college experience so far.
“Try to see the good in it and see that one element where you’re going ‘Oh, this could help me with my career.’ I had no idea that would help me out but it did,” Vasko said.
The other little piece of advice that Vasko gave is something quite simple; don’t procrastinate.