Thursday, 27 February 2014

Where Creativity Rains...

Hands are clammy, I'm sweating & my body is hunched over this computer. "How do I do this?" I ask myself, wiping the sweat from my forehead and breathing deeply. And I begin writing my essay about Christopher Columbus who sailed the ocean blue in 14 hundred and 92.

Well, damn.

Recently I was sitting in class and my TA brought us up an example of an assignment we did. It was a comparative essay. There was something really off about the piece my teacher brought up for us to read. It was good. It was enjoyable to read. No academic jargon. No stiff "According to Chapter 8 of Obama's text.." Nothing like that. Hell, the girl even made a joke in her paper. Saying something along the lines of, "While reading this I felt the need to adjust my Victorian monocle.."
I laughed.
I read an example of an assignment. And. I. Found.It.Interesting.And.Funny.

It was a school assignment that wasn't written like a school assignment. This system of schooling I go through has such a way of moulding your thoughts & actions. Making you think & write a certain way. We all know the difference between academic writing...and not-so-academic writing. We're born into a system that syphons creativity from our blood.

My TA was genuinely distraught to hear us open up her about how stifled we felt in this system. How as creative individuals, the system has all but sucked us dry of what made us stand out from the next guy. How hard it is to fight for that "unique" voice when no-one wants to hear it.  She told us creativity never hurts, and to never lose that voice. I loved hearing that. I loved hearing that I didn't have to be a plank of wood in my essays. But, similarly I know the reality. I know I can't do that in my essay about Columbus.
I replay her words, "Keep my voice.." over and over in my head as I continue to write my thesis about the discovery of the new world, by a man we praise as an adventurer rather than accepting he was a massive douche bag.

Where creativity used to rain, now drizzles with hope.

x Leah Symonne x



  1. Keep your head up :) I know the feeling & the set-up, though! This, is therefore one of my favorite TED talks ever:

    Thanks for sharing!

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  2. I definitely can relate. It seems like schools just want to turn us into robotic, mathematical creatures with no creativity, which is hard when you're a creative person. Thanks for sharing this! It was really nice to see that someone else thinks the same way.

  3. Thanks for sharing this! I feel every word!

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  4. Keep hope alive my friend. You'll get it right.

  5. Make sure you don't lose your voice. It can be so easy to. Work and study tells you that creativity doesn't really exist but it does! It really does. You need to have a channel (like this blog) where you can express yourself and let your ideas flow!

    Hope you're okay lovely x

  6. I hate school essays where you can't put your own opinion on the text. But I'm sure you'll figure Columbus out! Maybe there's even a way to make it creatively.

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