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Living the dream
Student artist Yasmin Tabba hopes to become an art history professor in her future. Photo by Gabrielle Smith | Staff Photographer | [email protected]

The room was opaque, filled with the unique aroma of incense and burning sage. After a final stroke of her brush she emerged from behind the canvas. Her shirt was splattered with paint, and her hands were stained with the colors of her final product.

Artist Yasmin Tabba is a risk-taker. She greets visitors with a sparkling smile and a warm embrace. She has found her own unique path to happiness against all odds.

“When she sets her mind to something she dives in head first, and nothing can stop her,” says Jonelle Simunich, Tabba’s childhood friend and co-founder of their blog, Bicoastal State of Mind.

Twenty-seven-year-old Tabba, a City College student, has been in seven near-fatal car accidents and was recently diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. She has started her own successful blog, which features art, chefs and musicians of a city that would normally be overlooked.

Tabba fell in love with art when she took an art history course with professor Kenneth Magri at American River College. As a new artist she never thought about pursuing a career in the discipline because of her lack of stability and experience.

Like many students today, Tabba did not know what she wanted to pursue as a lifelong career. She had many people telling her what to do, so she took a leap of faith and decided she wanted to attended law school.

“I had all these people telling me I need to do this and I need to do that, so I figured I guess I should, since I wasn’t sure what I wanted,” says Tabba.

Tabba spent a year at Lincoln Law School, but she despised it because it did not spark her interest.

By this time she had been in two major accidents, which made it impossible for her to work. Surgery was required, which prevented her from attending school. These accidents also changed her view on life and where she was headed.

With a fire in her belly, she wanted to see what her true passion was, so she attended City College and obtained two Associates of Arts degrees in liberal arts and social studies.

“There’s something so positive about her,” says Raul Barajas, a former co-worker and friend. “She always gets her work done, but finds ways to do what she really wants.”
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Through all her challenges, she kept working on her art. Her blog was just one way she kept close to her creative roots while she was on disability leave, and she really found joy in it.

“I love doing features because now I have an excuse to talk to artists I’ve really admired,” writes Tabba on her blog. “I like to see where other artists get their inspiration, so maybe I can try it.”

Her blog helps her find new ways to continue practicing art. There is a new art movement called art abandoning, where one leaves art with a note at a random spot for someone to find.

“It’s like a little piece of yourself you’re giving to someone,” says Tabba on her art abandoning.

Tabba continues taking college courses at City College, but she always catches herself immersed in art somehow.

“I think that one class with professor Magri really changed my view on the whole art thing. I love his teaching method, and I would love to retake his class just to experience it again,” says Tabba.

She decided to channel her passion into becoming an art history teacher.

“It’s a stable career, and I’ll be doing what I love,” says Tabba on her decision to become an art professor.

Even after finding out she has multiple sclerosis, she talks about everything with warmth and joy.

“I know I have this problem, but I don’t want it to stop me from succeeding, and it puts a fire under my ass to actually
get started, because as cliche as it sounds, life really is too short,” says Tabba.

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