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Tina, Bette and Angie had been in New York for a couple of days. The family stayed in a two-room Suite at the Mark hotel, where Bette stayed most of the time when she came to NY. The entire day was spent at RISD University in Portland, which is one of the best educational institutions when it comes to the education of an artist-sculptor.
”What are your impressions of today’s trip?” It was almost 10 p.m. now, and Bette was sitting on the couch with her legs stretched out on the ottoman. She was wearing black silk pajamas and her hair was pulled back. Next to her was Tina in a white lab coat, who had just come out of the shower and was listening to Angie and Bette talk while working on her iPad.
”It was interesting and quite exciting. Everyone is so creative, you can immediately feel this freedom and … flight of thought, or something. I enjoyed it. What do you think?”
”I think RISD is very good for the direction you have chosen. Better than anything we’ve ever visited before. So this is quite an appropriate option.”
”Yeah … we like everything, but it’s quite difficult to get there. ”
”Come on, there’s not much competition. Well, if you compare it even with the same Yale. And you have a great portfolio. I speak as a professional, not as a mom.”
Angie smiled a little and continued. ”If that’s the case, it’s still very expensive, I don’t want you to spend so much money on it.”
”Ange, don’t even think about the money, really. Every parent should give their child the level of education that they are able to give. We can afford it, so just take care of the choice and where you will be interested. Okay?”
Tina looked up from her work and put in a few words that were similar in meaning to Bette’s.
”But…” Angie hesitated for a moment, as if debating whether to say what she wanted to say. ”… I don’t know if it’s worth it. I mean, does a sculptor need such an elite education? I don’t discount the importance of learning, but I can learn theory and work with artists at a less prestigious college.”