How are you feeling? Before answering, stop. Don’t think. Take a slow, deep breath. In theory, this should be the easiest question instead of the hardest—depending on how honest the answer is.
Now, imagine a world where all leaders, teachers, and children are taught emotional skills and value emotional intelligence. Would the world be different if everyone knew how to show empathy, manage emotions, and recognize their own feelings? Various learning philosophies—such as humanistic, constructivist, and socio-cultural approaches—have emphasized the importance of emotion in learning. During the past two years, my work has explored the impact of emotions, awareness of others' emotions, and organizational functioning. Empathy is developed more in aestheticians and artists than in people who have other kinds of occupations. By exploring the theme of emotional intelligence, I am delivering important messages that resonate with our time, our students, and our community.
What my time at KCAD meant to me
Throughout my research and thesis work at Kendall College of Art and Design, I was able to discover my passions and find my purpose in life. Our society needs art education for its ability to develop skills needed to be successful in pursuing goals, be inspired on a daily basis to do ones very best, and be an active, informed citizen. Art education is essential in teaching students innumerable lessons, show how small differences can have a large impact, and learn how collaboration leads to creativity. During this time, I have gained a greater, deeper understanding of the determination, personal growth, and time management needed for artists and educators alike to be successful. I am grateful to Kendall College of Art and Design for strengthening my teaching practices, emotional intelligence, and global awareness. I will cherish my graduate studies for the inspirational professors, supportive colleagues, and lifelong friends I have made. The Masters In Art Education program provided these experiences, reminding me how to be a better artist, a better art teacher, and a better academic scholar in my field.