Advice and Anecdotes

This week, I wanted to take the opportunity to reflect on my sophomore year and share some of the ‘knowledge’ I have gained with others who may be on the fence about deciding on what to do. The following items are all Paige tested, Paige approved.

  1. Study abroad. Do it.  Yes! You will be able to function in a country that does not speak your native language. Yes! It is exhausting! Yes! It is expensive! But it is also a once in a lifetime opportunity that, if possible, you should definitely take advantage of. I went on the week long spring break trip to Paris this spring, and it was the most incredible experience of my life.
  2. Take that studio class that gives you slight anxiety to think about.   Strictly a painter or drawer? Take that 3D class. Afraid of getting messy? Take ceramics. Not a fan of power tools? Take sculpture. This spring, I took Sculpture I and I stepped so far out of my comfort zone in terms of projects, materials, and tools. But, some of my favorite pieces I have ever made came out of that class. I learned how to work with cardboard, plaster, glass, metal, wood, plexiglass, and we even got to pour bronze. Don’t be afraid to try something new, you might end up loving it (like me).
  3. Michael’s accepts competitor coupons.   If you take weekly trips to buy art supplies, this one’s for you. Michael’s has a better selection than A.C. Moore, but A.C. Moore has better coupons. The solution is simple: Michael’s accepts A.C. Moore coupons. Hello 50% off one item.
  4. Yes, you will survive that honors class if it’s the only art history that fits in your schedule.   I have taken History of Art I and History of Art II as well as Art in the Modern Era as honors classes. Out of the three, Art in the Modern Era was the most demanding. However, the atmosphere created in honors classes is just magnificent! The class size is capped small, and the discussions we had made the classes feel more like a conversation. If class participation isn’t really your thing, you’ll quickly get over that fear in these classes. You will survive!
  5. Take Biology 130 with Dr. Piatak.   Have to fulfill that pesky science core requirement but not really that into science? Take this class. It is an introductory class to basic anatomy and physiology, and it’s actually a lot of fun. AND, it isn’t going to kill your beautiful GPA. Dr. Piatak teaches the class for non-science majors, and understands that. So, he makes it interesting and fun. I learned so much in this class. Useful things too. If you still have a science requirement to fill, I 10/10 recommend taking his class.

As I look ahead to my junior year, I am both excited and nervous. If you have any of your own tips or advice to share, I’d love to hear them!

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