incredible transformation in my creative mindset. I began the semester with
an open mind, but also had never thought about how this course (a required
A&D outreach) could be so influential in my life. I entered this school
year contemplating applying to Teach For America, mostly because graduating
is intimidating, and I wanted the security of having post-graduation plans.
However, after our first visit to DCS, a spark lit inside me and I knew
there was no looking back. I felt an enormous adrenaline rush of enthusiasm
and passion, a spark that I had been missing in other aspects of my
creative life in A & D.
The past two summers, I have interned at a prominent product design firm
in Manhattan. The projects were cool, the people were alright, the pay was
decent. In general, I was unsatisfied. I knew my creative abilities could
be put to better use but I thought product design/industrial design were at
the top of the pack. After this course, I KNOW that my creativity abilities
are best put to use in the ways that I am most passionate, and I am most
passionate about my work in Brightmoor and my future in TFA. I value
working with others, making an impact, and feeling directly connected to my
work. With product design, you solve problems right, such as a new
aesthetic for Dove Skin Care. However, when I graduate I now want to use my
creative abilities to sole the RIGHT problems. In Brightmoor, I felt the
connection grow every week between myself and Destiney (a friend at DCS!).
I felt her become more comfortable with me as she began to open up about
her aspirations, family life, and future goals. High fives turned into
hugs, and my dreams turned towards teaching, design thinking, and impacting