I have been thinking about the new information I have been learning this semester. I had not really realized how much of my classes really linked together as well as they did. Though really, what I have enjoyed the most about would be in my Family Policy & Advocacy in Family and Consumer Science class. We reviewed important texts of information especially over the Human Ecological Model created by Urie Brofenbrenner, where this visual representation illustrates how relationships within our lives impacts those around each and every one of us. Take a child within a family, an individual. This could be the center core to the circle model. Around the center core of this circle, there are about five circles which stand other “layers” of the larger circle and have significance. Each level focuses on various amounts of interaction, through relationships, with the specific individual, which can be anyone we wish to analyze or take time to learn more about. The first layer surrounding the center core stresses the importance of direct relationships with the main individual, such as relationships with family members. The next layer really focuses on the relationships with people who interact with the main individual – creating indirect relationships with the main individual. As the circle expands out further with each relationship, the impact on the individual is less direct. I know I can go much further in explaining the layers, but I want to mainly talk about what I have taken away from learning about this new information.
What I really appreciate about my major is the importance of relationships we create with people around us. How the relationships we foster with one another really impacts the way we develop as an individual in life. I know I have been told in the past that my actions really impact others around me, but I had not really understood until learning this diagram in depth. As a citizen in the United States, though more specifically as a citizen in the city of St. Louis, I am part of the bigger picture in some people’s lives. But, additionally I am also part of the smaller picture in other people’s lives, such as those closest to me.
My biggest challenge at Fontbonne has been being too harsh on myself. Mostly with academics I’m a huge perfectionist. This means I spend lots of time worrying about little things. Recently I have spent lots of time doing online homework and even wasting time on certain questions. However this is not a terrible thing because all my hard work will be worth it in the end!
This semester, I am enrolled in an independent study visual merchandising class. This is the first time I have taken an independent study, so it is a very different structure to get used to. Everything is done on my own time, yet I still have to communicate with my classmates because we are completing displays as a team. There are four of us in the class.
There are two windows displays that we work with. For our first challenge, we took a trip to the St. Louis Art Museum as inspiration. In particular, we visited the Nick Cave exhibit. He is an artist that creates pieces out of found objects. Accordingly, we were to do the same and use a very limited budget. We also used the artists Andy Warhol and Alexander McQueen as an inspiration. I worked on the display that combined the Nick Cave and Andy Warhol aesthetic. This was extremely fun to create. I loved having creative freedom to do as many wacky things as I wanted with whatever I could find. Also, I’m a huge fan of bright colors. So, it made me happy using such a diverse color scheme as well.
It can be difficult to see all the elements of this display in the below picture. The materials used are the following. A variety of fabrics in multiple colors are draped and pinned to the entire back of the wall. The side panels consist of poster board covered in buttons, beads, sequins, glitter, and flowers. Suspended from the ceiling are colorful furry pillows, plastic bowling pins, and giant flower petals made out of poster board. One mannequin wears a cape made out of a rug and hat made out of a pillow and yarn. The other mannequin’s dress was made out of flowers stuck into a cage-like structure. Each mannequin then stands on a furry rug. The floor is covered in foil. Then, on top of that, there are layers of beads, buttons, sequins, flowers, and pillow stuffing.
Stop by Anheuser Busch Hall to see these up close and in person, and determine your interpretation of the artwork. They will only be there for a limited time until we put a new display up!
“Art is what you can get away with.” -Andy Warhol
Oh my goodness, what else can be said for the final weeks of school?! Well for starters, all I know is that I have less than 5 days left in each of my classes, actually much less than that overall. Once Thanksgiving Break comes and goes, everything literally is a blur for academics to be honest.
By that time, at least for myself, more than half of my final assignments are completed, and all teachers can talk about is final exams. On the other hand, all students talk about is the fact that they have so much still left to accomplish, whether they have large research papers, English papers, projects, last minute tests, etc. College life cannot be handled when time management does not exist. That’s the truth — sure, it may seem that everything wants to occur all at once, as well as just fall through the cracks at once, but the more you have a handle on how to deal with things, the less chaotic it seems. Just a few weeks ago, I visited the Director of our Kinkel Center in the Library, Dr. Pousson, to talk about how to plan out my larger assignments into smaller assignments that are easier to manage – which in the end, helped so much. In addition to having an easier time approaching my assignments, I was able to turn in those final papers well ahead of time without pulling an all-nighter.
I will admit, there are times when college comes across as so much easier or better than high school, but there are also times when I almost wish I could go back to high school. Though luckily I have more moments of college being better than high school. In college, you have much more freedom to make use or not make use of your time and talents. You can join several clubs that are more appealing to your interests or create a group that has not yet appealed to your interests. With clubs then there is having a social life that really you are the one who is in charge of it along with academic life. Though when it comes to classes, you are in class much less compared to high school, and that is where the self-discipline comes into play much more and the willingness to spend more personal time on academics compared to forced time like in high school. The choice is up to the student.