Graduation Speech : Student 's Role As A Non Linear Journey Essay

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My life has been a non-linear journey, weaving the places I lived, the people I’ve met, the things I’ve learned and the experiences I created into the fabric of who I am. From a young age, I had an affinity for art; envisioning ideas, creating through my hands, executing projects, there wasn’t some form of the fine arts that I didn’t dabble in. It wasn’t until my senior year in high school that I interviewed for the BOCES Cultural Arts Center in Syosset, a program that fosters the arts at the collegiate level for high school students, that I had a turning point in my academic learning. Foregoing the necessary math requirements in my senior year to make room for this program in my schedule, I transitioned from a student’s role as a passive recipient of knowledge that memorizes and regurgitates information to being responsible for my own knowledge. It was during my anatomy drawing class with Frank, the most hip and young teacher of the department, that also wanted to be referred to by his first name, that I started to hone my drawing skills of the human body. He moved about the classroom with calculated intensity of a professor, juxtaposed by his trademark flannel with rolled up sleeves that displayed his prominent forearm tattoos. The boys in the class were equally impressed by his mutton chops. There were sketches of the human form scattered across the dusty wheel-away chalkboards, as if we interrupted DaVinci in the middle of his next half-finished…

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