Wk 15- Art Experience- Designing MY Life

This week’s art activity isn’t like our normal “art” experiences. This week we watched a video by Dave Evans called “Designing the Life You Really Want” his talk was mainly about applying design thinking into your life. I think this video came into my life at the perfect time. As a senior who is graduating in about a week, I really needed his advice about how how to go about designing my life after graduation. He claimed that about 80% of people pursue a career that is completely different than their field of study. And that it is okay to do so because people’s interests, needs and goals, evolve over time. This made me kind of happy to hear because I am currently thinking about pursuing a career different than what I majored in.

Dave also claimed how he hates when people ask the question “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I honestly hate being ask this question as well. This question implies that we are limited to only being ONE thing once we are adults and that we stop growing. But humans never actually stop growing. Instead he tells us rephrase the question into “What are you going to do as you continue to grow?” I like this question a lot better.

As I continue to grow there are many things that I would like to do. I have narrowed it down to 3 for the purpose of this activity.

Here are the 3 Possible Future Me’s:

  1. The thing you currently think you’ll be doing with your life

A school teacher. I love teaching. I have recently been thinking a lot about pursuing this career. In high school I had a few jobs tutoring younger kids and even did an internship at an Education consulting company that created Common Core exams for grades k-12 (This was my rapid prototyping). I didn’t realize before that teaching and helping students really makes me happy. I know I would have to get my teaching credential which would take a year or so which I could do a year or so after I graduate. I think I might still be a little young to be a teacher so I am in no rush haha. In the mean time I could work in a learning/ tutoring center or even at my old high school. Then once I have my credentials I can start teaching in my own classroom. I would love to teach elementary school. Another thing that really entices me about being a teacher is all the paid vacation time. I don’t know any other job where you get paid winter and summer vacation. I would love to use this time to travel the world because I’ve never really left California. Paris will be my first destination. Then Italy… Ireland…Spain…

2. The thing you would do if the current thing disappeared tomorrow

Public Relations. In college I majored in journalism with a specialization in public relations and a minor in communications so I could always fall back on this. I thought I wanted to work at a fashion public relations agency but after doing my internship at one in Beverly Hills (this was my rapid prototyping), I’m not so sure its for me. The work itself was easy, I loved working with fashion like clothes and jewelry and working with stylists and celebs, but what I didn’t like were the long 9-5 hours sitting in an office and driving in 2 hour traffic to get to and from work that left me with no energy to do anything but sleep after I got home. So I guess I could apply for an entry level position at an agency which would be an account executive and then hopefully get promoted within 5 years. Not really sure what else I would do in this. Probably move to LA where all the fashion PR agencies are at and drive everyday in traffic. Yay…

3. The thing you would do if you were financially secure, and no one would ever laugh

A painter. I wish I could paint all day and drink wine. If I was financially secure, I would definitely be a painter and sell my pieces here and there to make some money. I could also teach art classes which would be amazing. I would also travel so I can discover new art and see the most beautiful places and paint the landscapes so I can remember what it looked like and felt like forever. I could even blog about it because I really enjoyed having this art blog. I would even love to work in an art museum. That would be a great job to be surrounded by creativity all the time. This is probably something I could do when I am a lot older and married probably with kids but who knows.

Ratings:

  1. Painter
  2. Teacher
  3. Public Relations

Dave Evans also mentioned that when people say “be your best self” it implies that you only have one self. But really we have multiple versions of ourselves. And these different versions of our selves are ALL good and require different things to be happy. So it is not very practical to just work in one area you entire life but try out different jobs to satisfy your other selves.

After I graduate there are SO many things I want to do that I don’t really know where to begin. I just know that I am going to do everything I need to do to make all the versions of my self happy. 🙂

I can’t wait for life after graduation.

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Wk 15- Classmate Conversation- Jacob Siciliano

For our last Classmate Conversation of the year, I met Jacob Siciliano. I learned that Jacob is a first year and a freshman. He is from Lancaster, California. I told him that I was familiar with Lancaster since I have been there multiple times to visit family. He told me he felt sorry for them because Lancaster is a terrible place to live, which made me laugh because my cousins who live there say the exact same thing. There is absolutely nothing to do in Lancaster.

So Jacob instead is living at the dorms at CSULB. He lives in the Parkside dorms which I do too! So we were able to bond over the fact that living at the dorms isn’t the best. We agreed that the food at the dinning hall completely sucks and that having bad roommates can make your time here a living hell. He tells me that he hopes to get an apartment near campus next year because he absolutely hates living in the dorms. He claims that he has very rowdy neighbors who play their music obnoxiously loud and there is prankster in their suite always doing stupid pranks in the bathroom. He especially hates sharing a bathroom with people who are messy. He also told me he was basically an only child since his only sister is much older than him which is why he isn’t used to living with so many people here at the dorms.

Jacob is a film major who hopes to specialize in screen writing which came from his passion of theater and acting when he was in high school. Check out his blog here!

Wk 14- Art Experience-Japanese Garden

For this week’s art experience, we headed over to the Japanese Garden to do some sketching. I was so excited for this activity because the Japanese Garden is my favorite place on campus. I am lucky enough to live in the dorms right next to it so I like to visit it sometimes on my way back from class. I love coming here and experiencing the peacefulness and the serenity of garden. It’s the perfect place to de-stress after a long day of classes. Walking through the gates of the Japanese Garden is like walking into a story book, a movie, or an entirely new world that makes you forget about everything else.

So for this activity we were instructed to do several little sketches of the views in the beautiful garden. However, there is one rule. We are not to use our eraser AT ALL. According to our professor erasers like to make us believe that there is a perfect line out there when there really isn’t. We do not need this negativity in our sketching life. This is perhaps some of the best advice I’ve been given. I thought this would be no big deal but on several occasions I found myself having to stop my hand from flipping my pencil over to erase my lines.

As instructed, I did some 30 second sketches that were mainly drawings of the water lilies and some rocks.

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For my 5 minute sketch I added some more detail to the other sketches by drawing more plants and rocks and tried to do some trees doing the contour technique on some trees but that was a little bit hard so they ended up looking a little abstract. Which worked out perfectly for the abstract drawing and so I made all my trees a little abstract looking.

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For the representation sketch I focused on drawing one of the pretty Japanese lanterns by the water. It was a little easier to do this one because the lines are a lot straighter and more visible than with the trees and plants.

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Overall, this was probably one of my favorite art activities we have done. Sitting in the Japanese Garden sketching was so relaxing and made forget about the impending doom of finals. I should definitely do this more often. Here is my final sketch of the garden.

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Now here real are some pictures of the beautiful Japanese Garden because my sketches don’t do it any justice. 🙂

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Wk 14-Classmate Conversation- Maria Romo

Today I had a lovely conversation with Maria Romo at the Japanese Garden. This is Maria’s first year attending CSULB. She is a freshman majoring in Communication Studies. She originally came in as a Psychology major but after interning for Assembly member Cristina Garcia as a program coordinator she decided she liked this career field and switched to Communications. She is from Cudahy, CA which is near South Gate. She tells me it is a 30-45 minute commute to school everyday. So her home is not too far from CSULB which is why she choose to go to this university. In her free time Maria says she enjoys watching a lot of movies and going hiking. She is currently obsessed with the HBO series Games of Thrones. She claimed she had just watched the season 6 finale right before coming to class. I too am a little obsessed with Game of Thrones so we had a long discussion about our favorite characters in the the show and the questionable things they’ve done. She also learned that her favorite color is evergreen and that she is taking this art class to fulfill her GE requirement. Lastly, when I asked if she had any pets she said no and proceeded to tell me a very gruesome story. She told me she used to own two hamsters a few years ago but one day when she forgot to feed them she claims they ate each other… awful. Check out Maria’s blog here!