by Emily Watkins, University of Texas Tower PR
In college, professors expect you to think outside a so-called “box”. Essentially they want you to think differently than everyone and have an original idea. Additionally employers are looking for creative thinkers and expect you to bring a unique insight to their company. But where do you learn how to be a creative person?
For me, creativity is something I learned through my arts programs in grade school. My first exposure to the arts was in my junior high musical “School Daze” and I sang about being a “brace face” and crushing on the football star. After my acting debut, I continued to join various arts programs such as choir, dance and color guard. I am less afraid of making presentations or cold calling because I sang about braces in front of an audience. In color guard, I learned how visuals and music can create magic and now I can edit film to perfection. In band, I learned how one person does not sound as impressive as the entire ensemble and now I can coordinate a team to produce a great final product.
If I had not had the arts education that I had, I would not be as successful in college and I would not be as impressive to employers. I wouldn’t be the unique, different, creative and outside-the-box kind of person I am today.
What lessons did you learn in school arts programs that you still use today?
P.S. I am thankful for the wide variety of arts programs my school district provided for me and for a mother who pushed me to try them all.