Mentorship and Collaboration

There is a huge learning curve with all the equipment and even Dr. Horton did not have all the answers. We would often ask each other and collaborate with different people for different aspects of our projects. Dr. Horton facilitated an environment where we felt comfortable taking risks and collaborating with the unknown. Walking through the lab and seeing random people working on their individual projects while I searched for my seat was a memory I cherished from the course, so I appreciate the Creative Arts Fellowship and its role in allowing students to feel the presence of other makers during these isolating times. 

As I spend this summer brainstorming with my cohort, I hope to reach out to other creators and gain their input. Specifically, other students working on screenwriting to seek advice and foster connections with.

A wise student once told me, “don’t search for a map, but find your compass”, and I spent a considerable amount of time understanding what she meant. As an avid pre-medical student, I understand the rigiousous pressures of other courses and extracurriculars. I yearned for the perfect formula (or map) to gain acceptance into a top medical school but only found the requirements on the admissions page and often heard the phrase “follow your passions”. Eventually, I realized that every decision I make is related to my past and future. The same is true with my interests and how they intertwine with my career. In highschool, I completely wrote off my creative interests and focused on my AP curriculum. However, after taking Dr. Horton’s Critical Making course I kept an eye out for projects that would draw on my diverse and unique skill set. I hope my involvement in this fellowship fosters meaningful creation and a sense of community among the many maker spaces on campus.

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