My reflections on my Art Classes

24 January 2019

Reflection 3

While this is not one singular experience, my favorite parts of my Agnes Experiences were in art classes. Even though I am a history major, I do not feel at home or welcomed in the history department. However, I feel like I belong in the art department.

I have taken about 10 art classes in my four years of college. Each one has been a pleasure to take. The part I will miss the most about Agnes would be Dana and everyone in that building. If feels like home, like I belong there, like I am actually wanted. For someone who has difficulties dealing with people, feeling like I am wanted means a lot to me.

I’m leaving Agnes soon though. I will no longer belong in Dana. That hurts, but I have to be ok with that. I’m growing out of being here. I will miss everyone and everything, even the ghost in the building, but I will move on. I’ll take those precious experiences and emotions and find a new place like Dana. I now know that it is possible. I’ll find it eventually.

In my Summit learning outcomes, I link back to this reflection a couple of times.

The Summit Learning Outcomes that I connected to this reflection are numbers,

6. Articulate and appraise problems and solutions from multiple perspectives, critically considering diverse sources of information

7. Recognize, analyze, and employ effective teamwork

8. Identify and assess one’s values, interests and abilities

9. Practice or interpret creative expression or probe fundamental questions of value and meaning

11. Analyze human behavior or social relations

My trip to Japan and the Aftermath that followed

24 January 2019

Reflection 2

In my sophomore year of college, I entered the Contemplated Japan class in which the week after school ended the students traveled to Japan. In that class was my two dearest friends of that time, and actually they still are my two dearest friends. They were seniors then, so this was their last Agnes Scott Experience. The class itself was fun and interesting. We learned the basics of meditation and an overview of the history of Japan.

Being in Japan was an amazing experience. I was finally immersed in another culture. I was able to communicate a bit due to taking 2 years of Japanese at Agnes. My favorite parts of the trip was seeing the difference and similarities between the different cities in Japan. Each city had a 7/11 and or a Family Mart, but the architecture and the layouts were different. By being in the cities I was able to differ the slight subcultures that exist in Japan. The traditional culture of the historical city was completely different that the loud and bold culture of Tokyo.

The trip itself was were things became a little rocky. My psychiatrist not only tripled my dosage of daily medication, but also added two more only a month before we left for Japan. Because of that in Japan I did have a few breakdowns because my body and mind were not in sync. That made most of the other students annoyed of me. They complained to the professor, so she lowered my grade and told me that, “I’m a loner, but not by choice.”

Every single day I think about that sentence. It honestly really hurts. I have had many breakdowns on just contemplating that sentence in my mind and feeling that no one would ever like me, that I am unlovable. That is completely not true though. I have my two dear friends still by my side. Though we are states away we message every day and every couple of months arrange meetups for a weekend. If I was unlovable, I would not have them as friends. While that sentence still hurts and has ruined my options of that professor forever, I will not let it drag me down further into depression.

Luinil, CC3

Photo By, Eva Bryant

In my Summit and History learning outcomes, I link back to this reflection a couple of times.

The History Learning Outcomes that I have associated with this reflection is number,

5. Apply the results of research, writing and speaking experiences within the major, along with experiential learning and career investigation opportunities (internships, externships, seminars or workshops conducted by history faculty and alumnae) to career planning and graduate school and job applications.

The Summit Learning Outcomes that I associated with the reflections are numbers,

1. Identify, explain, and analyze global themes, processes and systems

2. Demonstrate knowledge and skills essential for global engagement

3. Critically examine the relationship between dominant and marginalized cultures, subcultures or group

5. Recognize, analyze and evaluate arguments

6. Articulate and appraise problems and solutions from multiple perspectives, critically considering diverse sources of information

7. Recognize, analyze, and employ effective teamwork

11. Analyze human behavior or social relations

Senior Seminar Reflection

24 January 2019

Reflection 1

Last semester I took my senior seminar class. I’m a history major, so before my junior year ended, I was already researching and developing my topic. With the guidance and encouragement from Professor Kennedy, I decided my topic would be on Stalin, specifically how western political cartoons depicted him from 1939, the year of the Nazi- Soviet Pack, to his death in 1953. My favorite part of my senior seminar was to finding sources for my topic, which I did during summer break. I went from bookstore to bookstore and even to antique shops and searched for old collections of political cartoons.

When class started, that was when my difficulties emerged. For some reason I could not relate to any of the other students. I felt isolated and alone. I felt alienated and all alone. Everyone was very nice, but interacting was challenging and sometimes downright impossible for me. I do not know why I felt like that. I just remember crying a lot.

I did let that stop me from being happy in my senior seminar class, however, I refuse to let that stop me in the future. I can use that experience to overcome any similar obstacles in the future. I will not always be able to relate to everyone, and that is fine. I just can not let that stop me anymore. I want to be happy, so I will fight for it.

In my Summit and History learning outcomes, I link back to this reflection a couple of times.

For the History Major Learning Outcomes, I reference this reflection for these outcomes:

1. Seek, find, evaluate and utilize primary sources and secondary historical literature; develop and articulate persuasive arguments based in historical evidence both orally and in written work

2. Develop and articulate persuasive arguments based in historical evidence both orally and in written work

3. Apply knowledge and critical interpretation of the past to an understanding of crucial aspects of one’s own cultural and historical background as well as the backgrounds of others

4. Describe and analyze current developments within historical contexts

5. Apply the results of research, writing and speaking experiences within the major, along with experiential learning and career investigation opportunities (internships, externships, seminars or workshops conducted by history faculty and alumnae) to career planning and graduate school and job applications.

For the Summit Learning Outcomes, I reference this reflection for these outcomes:

4. Communicate effectively through writing and speaking, especially across cultural or linguistic differences

6. Articulate and appraise problems and solutions from multiple perspectives, critically considering diverse sources of information

7. Recognize, analyze, and employ effective teamwork

10. Interpret quantitative information or demonstrate the methods of inquiry appropriate for investigating the natural world

11. Analyze human behavior or social relations