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Sometimes Things Just Don’t Work Out

Today I dropped a course. The course was Digital Tools, a very useful course for any Art Major, but it just didn’t work for me. I was excited at the beginning to learn a new software, and to explore graphic arts. I really wanted to learn these new tools to create Art in a new medium, and also to use the software to manipulate my images for the website and other promotional materials. Learning Photoshop, as the most common tool for this, was my goal in taking Digital Tools, and I hoped it would make me a better artist.

Challenges are always good, and this one was a challenge! But it soon because too stressful. I don’t feel any need to give excuses or to say ‘well maybe I’ll take it again another time’ — no, it just really wasn’t for me. Basically, it wasn’t meeting my educational needs, and I couldn’t see myself doing graphic arts over painting or sculpture. After the first week, I was no longer enthusiastic about the course.

So rather than struggle unnecessarily, or muddle my way through the course, I decided to cut my losses (time and money of course) and to stop by the registrar this morning to drop the course. It was a decision I made today and then decided to go through with it. No fanfare, no tears, but also no refund! Missed the deadline for that.

There is nothing wrong, in my mind, with extricating myself from a situation which wasn’t working for me. No reason whatsoever to continue to do something which was not giving me joy. I’d rather concentrate on what I enjoy and get pleasure from. So now I can concentrate on my other classes and keep moving in a positive direction.

Arleen Seed

Hi! My name is Arleen Cannata Seed and I’m studying Fine Arts here at Montgomery College in Takoma Park/Silver Spring. Originally from New York City, I studied Art as an undergraduate years ago, but chose to spend my career in a totally different field, working for the United Nations and traveling all over the world bringing technological solutions to global problems.

Once I retired, I had the time and mental space to practice Art again, but I knew I had forgotten the fundamentals. So, I enrolled in 100 level courses in drawing, painting, and sculpture at MC. This was just the catalyst I needed! The professors at MC, in both the Community Arts and the regular credit courses, provided a course of study and opened my eyes to the different ways in which Art is taught in the 21st Century.

This blog is about my journey, my transition from working adult to pursuing an earlier dream, and I’m hoping this story resonates with young people thinking about their career choices and older people yearning to rekindle pursuits which have always interested them.

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