Arnold Thomas Bigger, Art Education | Graduate Student Forever

For me, being a Corcoran College of Art + Design graduate student is like an endless, fun-filled first day of school because every time I think that I’m about to fall into a boring, enthusiasm-crushing academic routine something happens and I’m reinvigorated. The start of my fall 2013 semester is a good example of what I mean.

I was preparing for my third semester as a Corcoran graduate student and, although I was feeling excited because I’d be taking new classes, I wasn’t sure I’d be able to enjoy being a graduate student as much as I have been. After all, I was feeling much less than enthusiastic going into my third semester as an undergraduate. Now, my third semester as a graduate student was going to be compared to the previous semesters: my first semester as a graduate students was fun because I was in a new school, meeting new people, and making new stuff; my second semester as a graduate students was fun because I was able to continue some of the fun from my first semester by taking a Study Away Program class; and my summer break as a graduate students was fun because I was involved with Camp Creativity. I didn’t think that I’d be able to keep the fun going because of the classes on my fall 2013 schedule: Sociology of the Family, Education Policy, Art History, Learners to Age 12, and Poetry of the Wheel.

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Wow, how wrong could I have been! I think I’m having more fun as a graduate student than I have ever had in school since…well, since I’ve been going to school. First of all, if you haven’t taken Poetry of the Wheel with Catherine White or any ceramics class for the wheel, do it now because I can’t tell you how therapeutic working with wet clay is. I’m so excited about it that that I’m thinking about resuming playing in the mud in the backyard again. I’m even learning how to make things out of clay that look like what they are supposed to…well, some of them do. #colormesurprised

Have I mentioned that my Education Policy class is taught by John Abodeely, Deputy Director of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities? Professor Abodeely has me actually interested in education policy because he has guest lecturers sharing their expertise (and horror stories) with the class and there is nothing like learning education policy from people who are actually living (and breathing) public policy every day. #OhsAycAnyOUsEE@mtn_dew, @DCPapaJohns, and art education policy with @JohnAbodeely@CorcoranGrad life is good.

How cool is it that I will have four new classes next semester too? If I had the money, I think I might stay a graduate student forever.

Questions…Comments…Concerns? arnold_bigger@gwu.edu

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