One thing I’ve learned being in journalism school/advertising major that crosses my mind quite often, is the idea of being a T-shape. What, you say? Walk around with your arms outstretched? Is this a yoga move? No, it’s not…but maybe I’ll incorporate that into my sun salutations to remind me daily. Being a T shape is about having a broad range of skills and interests and knowledge (the arms at the top) and then having your specialty, that branches off of all this wide spread interesting-ness. I believe whole heartedly that this is insanely important to creativity and being inspired in whatever you decided your specialty to be—you’ll never think of anything new if you just keep yourself in that one narrow line.
This being said, I try to constantly work on the top of my T. I set aside time to play with my watercolor paints, take my Spanish classes even if they sometimes put me to sleep, and constantly shell out money for rolls of film for the love of my analog camera collection. However, I’ve lately been thinking that I want to expand my abilities more. If the point is to stretch yourself and gain new insights and experiences, why ever stop adding on new things to try and do?
There’s a million things I’m always saying I want to do, so now I’m making a commitment to doing them. I’m going to sign up for drawing classes, finally learn web design code better, read books I wouldn’t usually pick up, watch more documentaries…etc.
Cheers to making things.
(High up on the list: Make this DIY photo projector for my phone)
Thinking I did not, in fact, neglect this blog when I obviously have (maybe I dreamed it or something? Made a draft and forgot about it?? I don’t know…) has led this to be stagnate for quite some time.
On the contrary, I am anything but stagnate!
I’m in Spain!
Spending a semester abroad in Sevilla, Andalucia, España. Therefore, I have left this address for a moment and will be posting about my adventures at my specified “study abroad blog”, which can be found HERE !
Once I return home in December, and especially when I return to my other home-away-from-home in Eugene in January, my ad student musings will be here once again.
Besos de España!
1. Listen to NPR more. New favorite discovery, Tiny Desk Concerts.
2. Actually go to the museum when I walk by it and want to go inside, even just for a minute. I need to take advantage of the freeness of the JSMA while I can…
3. Watch all those movies everyone’s been telling me are so good. First up: Lost in Translation.
4. Get some more use out of these babys and learn how to use them better:
5. To Be Continued
Happiness…Everyone wants it. And in college, when you’re constantly bombarded by all kinds of stress, sometimes it’s hard to find it. There’s countless studies on it, since everyone wants to know what the secret is.
However, while I have had my fair share of bad days and stressful moments, I can safely say that this term has been my best so far.
Coming into college, I didn’t have the slightest idea of what I wanted to do. I took classes in Sociology, International Studies, and countless other subjects that, while I enjoyed learning what I was learning, actually doing the work was painful and I couldn’t imagine spending three more years completely immersed in that subject.
This term, while I was incredibly excited to start in on my first advertising class, I was also worried that I would be greeted with this same feeling again. But I wasn’t. Doing something that you have to do sucks, but when you’re enjoying it, it’s awesome. I still can’t wrap my head around the amount of work I have to do in the next two (!!!!) weeks of the term, but the fact that it’s enjoyable to hunker down in the library and work on makes it all okay.
That being said, cheers to the next three years ahead of me and everyone else in Creative Strategist.