I was accepted to two schools during my senior year of high school: University of Maine Orono and Lesley University. I had a big interest in Lesley after learning about their art education program in conjunction with The Art Institute of Boston. At the time, I wanted to be a teacher and their art education program was well known.
The single most important thing I learned there was abstract thought. It was in college that I learned to think in a creative way and how to better craft my ideas. Abstract thinking implies contemplating outside of reason and relies on symbols and ideas.
Here’s a very detailed and clinical sounding article about what abstract thought means.
A close second to this lesson is the art of defending your work and it’s message. Twice yearly, Lesley students at the Art Institute of Boston collect their work from the previous semester for presentation in front of 4 professor jurors. “Critique Week” it was called, and we all hated it. This biannual tear-down to my soul pushed me to defend my work which proved to be very valuable later on. Art school helped me open my eyes to the value of my strange mind. I learned that there are tons of people in the world who think like me and that we add something to society by doing what comes naturally: creating!
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