The other day in class, we were asked a series of questions about who you are and how your surroundings shaped you and your life. Listening to our professor go down the list of questions, I couldn’t help but dig down deep and go into that rabbit hole of self reflection.
As I am left looking back on my childhood, I am forced to make sociological connections; this is a habit of mine. When i’m asked about my childhood and where I grew up- boom! I immediately think of sociology now that I am in college. I was raised in a wealthy town in south Eastern CT where I was surrounded by greatly respected people in my community. People ranging from rich to poor, professionals and working class, teachers and employers. All of these people have had a long lasting impact on my life as they all contributed to my development in different ways; showing me the value of hard work, showing me the value of strong education, the value of high morals and work ethic. I was not wealthy but my family had what we needed and lived day by day. As the saying goes, “It takes a village”. Fortunately for me, even though I was not wealthy financially, I was among the wealthiest in my town when you consider everything that my “village” contributed to my life.
What made me want to start my intellectual journey? That’s simple. The sociological connection that I had with my “village”. I was a very quiet child and often was teased about being mute or afraid to speak. Being shut down so often lead to me not excelling in grade school. Why should I even try if I can’t even speak, right? Honestly, the only place I excelled/felt accepted was when I was in the art room. I was mad I couldn’t just speak up. My mind wouldn’t let me- so this made me hungry to prove them wrong… a constant battle with myself. Again, my “village” stepped in.
Why did I begin this Interdisciplinary Studies journey in particular? because my passion to become an art educator was put to a halt after I failed my math praxis portion of the exam. Standardized testing is clearly what makes a teacher great, right? I couldn’t pass the exam, therefore, I knew I had to change majors quickly. Becoming a studio art major wasn’t on my timeline or budget. I looked into this program after talking to a coworker at the museum I work at. Now, my “village” is even bigger. With IDS, I am able to combine parts of various fields to make my own custom contract. I am able to save all of the valued art education materials, the knowledge and support of my “village”. Using educational materials combined with my other art classes such as art history has allowed me to add in my sociology classes and life experiences as it relates to sociology to my degree. I now have a well rounded perspective from here. The process of diving into ids has been a complete game changer for me, it validated my hard work, and fueled my passion and drive to succeed even more.