Weekly Report 10/17 to 10/23
Independent Study and Mentorship is a unique experience to say the least. Never before have I felt so challenged, but never before, have I felt so satisfied. My weaknesses are amplified into constant challenges with moments of ecstatic elation. To me, the mountain I ought to climb is made up of all the writing assessments of the course. The greatest moments are made up of the interviews and social interaction. Those moments, they make all the challenges worth facing. These feelings were highlighted by what I had to do this week, two written assignments and an interview.
This past week I tried using what I learned from last week’s essay writings and implementing them into this week’s essays. Both my Interview and Research Assessments were shorter, but more structured than last week’s. In essence I replicated the formula in a faster manner, which may have turned out more efficient or slightly less thorough than the last two. I am happy to keep writing and improving. I know working in writing will help me for the rest of my life; it will help me in most jobs and it will make me speak and write more eloquently. However, I find it hard to keep myself motivated to write when I am forced to do it so often. For that reason I plan to use different techniques I have learned in AP English Language on my essays.
I also had my third interview this week. It was a different interview from the other two I have had. Robert Rohm, the painter I interviewed, was a lot more frank and did not talk for long about many subjects, so I was forced to ask more questions. However, this did lead me to learn more from the interview. He was forthcoming in how to get started in the art world. He explained how to do well in galleries and what kind of jobs are helpful as secondary sources of income. I found it quite enlightening and felt more confident in what I needed to do to succeed. As per usual, he stressed the importance of self promotion and love for art. He told me passion is the most important part of being an artist. I found that encouraging, as passion is what I hope will lead me towards life.
This week has showed me both spectrums of writing and social skills. Both reflect my weaknesses and strengths respectively, but I still have room for improvement on both. In a way I feel as though I have grown to understand ISM more because of this, and because of that I wish to continue to keep doing my best in the course. I hope that will enable me to appreciate ISM more and focus on what I enjoy. I believe the further I am in the course the more social interaction I will have; I say that because I will be more involved with my future mentor. Whenever that happens I imagine my social skills will be extremely valuable.