Reflections: The Course

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I have to be honest. This class has kind of convinced me that Yoda was wrong when he said, “Do or do not. There is not try.”

Let me explain. On the first day of class we were asked to write about our creative process. I admitted that I am generally very nervous about creating work and have a good bit of anxiety around it. Throughout this class we were pushed to try and told that it was alright to fail. This attitude really made me feel comfortable about putting myself out there and giving all of this a go. Creating creative visual content has been something I have been wanted to purse for quite some but have had little confidence to actually do so. This course not only gave me the tools to do something, it gave me the confidence to try. In this case, trying is an act of doing. You are trying to create something and in doing so…do. It may not be what you wanted, but it is something. This class made it okay to try.

I truly enjoyed this course. It was inspiring and creative and overwhelmingly supportive. Even though I was terrible about bringing work to show the class, it was the kind of environment where I would have been comfortable showing works in progress. I think the structure of the course worked really well. Opening every period with a short of some sort was a great way to get us all in the right frame of mind. Also allowing for an open dialogue was really great and refreshing. I felt comfortable talking and sharing ideas with the class (something I usually do not do). I really wish there was a second part to this class! It helped brighten up my semester quite a bit and it will be truly missed. Thank you, Joseph!!

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