College, Creativity, and…Cows?

What’s up, I’m back, for, like, the second time. Hopefully this will be my last public “re-reappearance” on this vast site of information and personalities.

I’m gonna be real honest. Blogging is hard, and I suck in terms of consistency. The seasoned blogger reading this is probably wagging their heads like “you’ve just figured that out”? My fellow amateurs (can I even be counted an amateur at this point in my journey?) are perhaps peering at their screens over the rim of their mugs thinking, “same”.

One reason why I’m drawn back to blogging is a suffocating lack of self-expressive opportunities. In college, I’m a communications and political science student. It doesn’t take too much exploration to figure out that these majors aren’t exactly oozing with creativity.

Sure we write (essays), sure we read (research papers), and sure we exercise our imaginations (for picturing graphs and models), but in terms of writing, reading, and the use of imagination, I prefer a healthy dose of creative freedom. By healthy, I mean a truckload, minimum.

The clearest way through which I exert this creativity is storytelling. Sometimes it happens on paper or on a computer screen but often it also happens in my head, which can be frustrating. Do you know how accursed it is to plant a seed of an idea, water it, sing over it, prune it but have no one else to enjoy its fruits with you?

Ok, ok, at this point, you’re probably wondering, “Well, why the heck don’t you just switch into something you’d enjoy more??”

Let’s park at this thought for a quick second. I don’t hate communications and political science. I’ve genuinely enjoyed every major class I’ve taken so far. In fact, I believe opportunities for creative problem solving and storytelling do exist in careers that directly relate to these disciplines, such as marketing and public relations. The problem lies in the structure of the classes my school offers.

There aren’t many opportunities for creative problem solving when we’re still in the stage of learning the rudimentary facts and figures. There’s no use for storytelling when opportunties for application of knowledge does not yet exist.

Because UC Davis is a research university, most the materials we learn in the classroom (at least in the communications and poli sci. majors) are geared towards equipping students for research or at least for comprehending research literature. We can probably apply this framework of education to other similar schools. This means to get through all your courses, expect your professors to blast a jet of theoretical, research-based-what-nots in your face every lecture.

Don’t get me wrong. I like theory. Communications theory was actually one of the most interesting classes I’ve taken so far, and my current political theory class…well, I just took a midterm, so I kinda don’t want to think about it at the moment, but it’s still, no doubt, intellectually stimulating.

But it’s not until you have the freedom to apply your knowledge in the real world that you find more leg room for your creativity. For now, I’ll vent my self-expression through blogging and creative writing.

One last note before I close:

Pic Credits: UC Davis Instagram

Ta-da! A picture of the cows at my school. Wait, what do you mean you don’t have cows across from your dorms??

I pass by these lovelies two times a week as I’m heading to and leaving my political theory class. As I gulp lungfuls of that sweet, hot stench of manure and animal, sometimes the fumes would imbue my imaginiation with the most bizarre visions and reveries.

My favorite so far has been one featuring a talking family of cows, an alien planet, a teapot, and…ok, let’s just say it’s got one doozy of a plot, one too off topic for this particular post. Guess you’ll have to stick around to catch the full story next time. 😉


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