Greetings ds106! I am so excited to be sharing this space with you all this semester, and hope that we get through it with ease, success, and happiness!

Can you believe it? I am going to GRADUATE SCHOOL!!! Let me just say that this was never in my wildest imagination something that I thought I would be saying, let alone actually doing! I re-started my quest for a degree when I was 31 years old, and found myself thinking of what a an opportunity I had to finally go back to school while I was home with my son who was only 7 months old at the time. A long few years later, and I am going to be graduating this December with my BA in Sociology!

A fun few facts about myself. As I mentioned earlier, I got a rather late start to college, but that is because I thought I wasn’t meant for it! When I graduated high school…..a long time ago…….I actually went to Shenandoah Conservatory as a violin performance major. Pretty nerdy, but I had been playing since I was four, and thought that becoming a professional musician was the life I wanted. After two years of intense competition and essentially musician boot camp (where they break you down so they can build you back up again) I had fallen out of love with my passion. I spent a lot of the time from then until recently just going about my life with no intention of returning to college because I simply had no idea what to do.

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After many years of doing the traditional life checklist things like getting married, buying a house, and finally starting a family, it suddenly clicked – I had before me the most precious and last in my lifetime chance to get that education and finally get to where I wanted to be! I took it and like Robert Plant says “Took my chances on a big jet-plane
Never let ’em tell ya that they’re all-aw-all the same”

Finally, check out my twitter to find out another fun fact about me that you might think is “only for Grandmas” but that I actually love!

Let’s get to learning! Have fun and can’t wait to see what this semester holds for us all!

-MM

2 Replies to “Introductions”

  1. I’ve heard some knitters say they don’t think they’re very creative. I say, “You’re making something. How is that not creative?” So it’s good that you recognize it for what it is. Also, having gone to art school, i can relate to how “they break you down so they can build you back up again.” In my experience, they didn’t all recognize the utter urgency of the second part of that equation. This class is all about the making, and not about breaking at all.

    1. Right? I think in any truly creative experience there is not only the technical element of the art you create, but a soulful or spiritual one as well. In my opinion, performance art a little more so because the emotion/creation is being experienced real time, but this absolutely occurs in music, painting, storytelling, sculpture, or anything else (even knitting). If you are unaware or not supported during the formal and traditional process of achieving the highest technical and artistic skill, as was my case, that can be a very confusing and disheartening experience.

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