I have always considered myself to be a creative person simply because I love art and people have told me that I am creative. I don’t think I had ever really questioned this until MIDe 300. It’s not that I don’t consider myself creative anymore, but I now understand that there’s more to creativity than just being a talented artist or a good problem solver. I think that one of the habits that has stuck out to me most this semester is embracing ambiguity. Not only with the semester being canceled over half-way through and having to adopt a new way of learning, but also with the way that many of our assignments have been proposed. Oftentimes, our assignments were open-ended and left to us to figure out. At first, this frustrated me as I was so used to having assignments with detailed instructions. However, I now enjoy this method because it is so interesting to see how each student takes on the challenge, including my own. It was very cool to see my own projects play out because when I first read the instructions for an assignment, I had no clue where I was going to go with it and yet somehow I was always pretty pleased with the outcome.
From this habit (embracing ambiguity) I have learned that it is okay to be confused and frustrated, but to take things one step at a time, ask questions, and get feedback. Regarding myself, I have learned that I am able to deal with ambiguity and come out the other side with a better understanding of the task.
I think that the habit that comes most naturally to me is creative confidence. This could be due to the fact that I had previously regarded myself as creative so I never really feared doing it wrong. However, I have since learned from this course that you can’t really go wrong when it comes to creativity because creativity is interpreted and implemented differently with different people.
The habit that I want to work on is child’s eye. I can be stubborn and this can sometimes hinder my ability to see things from a new, fresh perspective. But, a child’s eye is important when it comes to being creative. I can work on growing with this habit by slowing down and actually thinking about or looking at what is in front of me. I can also try and look at things in its simplest form and use my imagination like a child to think about what it could be.
Overall, I am very satisfied with what this class has taught me. I am leaving this class, and for maybe the first time, actually taking what I have learned and using it to further benefit my character and learning.