It starts spring semester!
The master's course, which started last fall semester, has been successfully completed, and now the spring semester begins. Last semester, as my professor evaluated, I poured my soul and focused on my studies. Above all, it was the first challenging study in the United States in 20 years, so I had a lot of energy. After finishing my last master's degree in Korea 20 years ago, I wanted to pursue a PhD, but I had to move to Germany. This wasn't something I could have planned. And as I passed the second chapter of my life through painting, I had to wander about what to study. Then, by the time I was settling into life here in the United States, I thought I wanted to start my master's degree again. I applied for two places last year and was accepted into Adelphi Graduate School, where I am currently pursuing my master's degree.
I had to study while raising a child, working, and preparing for an exhibition. Fortunately, the course I was studying was done online. Since it is an online class, I was worried that it would be less efficient than offline classes. But I've come to realize that it's so far from the truth that it's just worrying. Although it is actually online, the professors' passionate lectures, quick responses, and the necessity and importance of learning subjects made me keep moving forward. As I completed and progressed through the curriculum one by one, I could feel that something was accumulating.
It's called online education, but it's what you really want to study, and if you're a person like me who doesn't have enough time, I'd strongly recommend it. Online courses have really helped save time and energy. Of course, Tuition is much cheaper than offline. You can save additional expenses such as dormitory fee and transportation fee.
This spring semester is mainly about drama. In other words, a high level of writing and literacy awaits me with a language barrier. Can I do this too? I will have to pour out my soul again.
However, as always, there is always a mentor who recognizes those who work hard and do their best. If not, never be disappointed. One day your closed door will open. I believe in it.
It took me a long time to do what I really like and study what I wanted to learn. I don't think the time before that was in vain, but for me, who was young and trapped in the frame of gaslighting, it wasn't something I could choose and change.
In the end, I needed time to break my frame, and it just took a lot of time to do so. And after breaking the mold, I didn't have to be swayed by anything. I think that choosing and making decisions on my own, dealing with others without fear, and trusting my intuition and judgment is an important part of life. Studying is very helpful in developing this mental power. Studying is to let me know the world that I have not seen or experienced, and to break my frame and make me an advanced person.
This gives me an inner strength that cannot be compared with good grades or achievements. In that respect, I am very grateful that I started studying. And I am writing this process on my blog. I hope that it will be a little help to all those who are starting to study anew, those who feel frustrated within their own framework, and those who do not know how to find their way.
I was also influenced by someone's writing. I still feel grateful to the blogger who posted that article. Because the article helped me a lot in choosing and accepting the online master's program. In conclusion, I hope to post as another mentor after graduation.
I will never forget the statement my professor gave me last semester. The professor's sincere comments and support made me excited like a dancer dancing to the sound of a song. I was able to study harder in line with this kind of support.
"You do a wonderful job of interweaving your own artistry and personal experience into your statement of teaching!"
I think my course is a program worth studying for those who want to create works with more philosophical, educational, and academic depth as an artist, or who want to see the world from this perspective.
And the more I study, the more I think that education is the basis of everything in this world. From the time we are born into the world, we are constantly receiving education in various forms. Art is also a form of education. Artists educate others with their own messages through their sensibilities, skills, and works. If your message doesn't get through or if you can't change someone and something, that person isn't a true artist.
In this respect, artists must constantly learn and influence, either by themselves or through educational institutions. To this end, I feel very fortunate that there is a program for artists where I can study continuously.
And I wish there were more programs like this. Because art does not simply mean the skill of drawing pictures. If we recognize only these skills as important and teach them in the curriculum, there is a high possibility that they will be eroded by the artificial intelligence market later. I think that human beings should rethink and look back on the meaning of art as human beings. In order not to be evaluated as who drew better in front of artificial intelligence later.
In conclusion, at a time when technology threatens even the place of art in a world centered on technology and science, what artists really need is a philosophical, educational, and theoretical framework to develop their own deep art world.
Myungja Anna Koh