ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Spring 2013 RTW
i’m supposed to meet with my advisor today and i’m freaking out because i don’t really know what i’m supposed to be talking to him about and he really scares me. i just made the appointment because i’m supposedly graduating soon. but i’m panicking.
Whenever I ask students to give a speech/talk/presentation in class, I encourage them to choose a topic that excites them. That way, they’re less likely to lose interest during the research and preparation process, and they’ll be a lot more dynamic when they deliver the presentation. I explain that they’re being given a pulpit and an audience, so it’s a great opportunity to tell us about something they really care about.
Most of the time, this works like a charm. But every once in a while, there’s a student like Greg.
He visited me during office hours, and told me he was struggling with coming up with a topic. I tried to overlook the fact that he was coming late to the party (he should have been much further along in the process), and to just be glad that he’d come to me. ”Okay,” I said, “let’s brainstorm some ideas. What do you care about most?”
"Oh, there must be something. What do you choose to do with your free time?"
"I dunno. Watch TV, I guess."
"What kind of shows are your favorite?"
"Reality shows, I guess."
"Great! What do you like most about them?"
This went on for nearly an hour, at the end of which he grudgingly settled on a topic. He left my office with no more enthusiasm than when he came in, and I spent a few moments pondering our exchange.
Every once in a while, I run into a student like Greg, who doesn’t seem to be, well, interested in anything. I can ask, “what makes you angry? What’s your pet peeve? What do you think everyone should do/believe, or not do/believe? What gets you excited?” And they can barely rouse themselves to say, I dunno.
I know the journey is different for everyone. Perhaps students like Greg are in college only because their parents “sent” them. Perhaps they came here to figure out what to do with their lives, and they haven’t yet found their passion. Maybe it’s a confidence problem, and they fear the feeling of exposure that comes with asserting yourself to others.
Whatever the reason, I hope and pray that one day, they’ll find something that sets them afire.
i wish i was as pretty as my icon
Elves Faeries Gnomes: “#Goblins,” by Jena DellaGrottaglia, at deviantART.
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