Not going to lie, I’m awful at keeping up with a blog when it isn’t summer. On the other hand, my weekly process of schoolwork has stabilized. I’ve modified my schedule and I can focus better on work.
I still procrastinate but it’s considerably less than before, a change that was unthinkable a year ago. Meanwhile, my cooking ability leaves much to be desired (“it’s…edible”).
But there are also good things.
For the first time, I’ve attended a live orchestral performance, a piano concert, an opera, and a music concert. I helped set up an art gallery and joined the Arts Scholars. I write regularly for The Tech where I get to leave the “MIT bubble” and venture into Boston.
Aside from my general coursework, I am also taking a 21W.744 course for fun, where I read graphic novels and draft comic scripts. Two weeks ago, our professor invited Evan Dahm to our class to speak with us and we were able to ask questions about his process of creating his webcomics.
It’s truly amazing what the opportunities here are. To have them so readily available (and occasionally shoved in our faces via email) is remarkable. I’m grateful every day since I never expected to be here at the Institute.
Other changes include this new blog title. The other day, I was sifting through old OneNote files and journal entries which act as a collection of my thoughts rather than the results of a daily regimen. I remembered what made this journal so effective–the lack of pressure to write and the freedom to capture thoughts.
College work requires some form of a schedule, and professional artists also need to set up regular blocks of focused work. But artistic expression that is not bent on a specific goal, such as journaling or doodling, is difficult to contain in a rigid structure when there isn’t an endgame in mind.
Like the process of finding my way through college, this blog has also become a process. “One Doodle a Day” is ideal, and a challenge I’m likely to pick up again in the future, but seems to be unfeasible with the other things I enjoy doing.
Until then, I want to not feel guilty each time I look at my homepage.