-Jordan Kennedy, Current New Media Photojournalism student
One of my favorite parts of grad school is the inspiration that lies amongst the people who surround me daily. What an incredible pleasure to leave a room inspired, not only by the content of the lecture but by the work you observed from your peers.
When I came into my program, I completely suffered from a crisis of self. “How am I here?” “What am I doing with all these other people who are so talented?” “What is the intersection of subject and circumstance?!” (A question posed shortly after the commencement of our first semester)
I asked these questions and many more as I navigated my way. I think that’s a completely normal part of the journey, ya know? Figuring out if and where you belong….
What began as intimidation turned into inspiration as I observed with wide eyes the talent surrounding myself in each class. What a beautiful thing to walk away, knowing that one day I’ll be able to say “I sat next to that incredible photographer when we were just grad students.”
Use this time to be a sponge. Yes, remarkable things can be gained from the teachers around us. But don’t pull a veil over your eyes that would prohibit the inherit beauty sitting next to you to shine through. I leave class every week with my mind busting at the seams with ideas and possibilities about what could become and I owe that to the amazing people I sit next to week after week.