okay so here’s a text post:
people do not care about you in the same way you care about them, because we are all different types of people. your level of investment in something will never be equally matched by another person, because you are invested in things in different ways….
In a study of children aged 2-5, parents interrupted their daughters more than their sons, and fathers were more likely to talk simultaneously with their children than mothers were. Jennifer Coates says: “It seems that fathers try to control conversation more than mothers… and both parents try to control conversation more with daughters than with sons. The implicit message to girls is that they are more interruptible and that their right to speak is less than that of boys.”
Girls and boys’ differing understanding of when to talk, when to be quiet, what is polite and so on, has a visible impact on the dynamics of the classroom. Just as men dominate the floor in business meetings, academic conferences and so on, so little boys dominate in the classroom - and little girls let them."
artisticalism said: Hi! Your blog is so helpful for prospective students, I'm so glad I found you! Do you have any advice on writing a personal statement for uni application? (sorry if this has already been asked!) I'm applying to BA History of Art :)
I haven’t written a BA personal statement for a few years but I remember how torturous the process can be. Luckily, writing a personal statement for a BA is a little different than writing a personal statement for grad school since if you’re coming straight out of high school, you aren’t expected to have too much (or any) experience researching and/or working in art history. (Of course, if you already have art historical interests or research experience, definitely bring it up!)
I would recommend being purposeful and thorough when you write your personal statement. Research the school(s) you’re applying to as well as the art history department. What areas do the faculty work on? What kind of classes do they offer? Can you do independent studies, honors coursework, or a senior thesis? What are the degree requirements (e.g., chronological & geographical divisions, language reqs)?
Once you have an idea of how your prospective program and university operate, start crafting your statement. What is it about that specific university that attracts you? The reader wants to get a sense of who you are, so don’t be afraid to insert your personality into the statement. Express your enthusiasm about the university’s resources, academics, and opportunities, both academic and extracurricular.
Don’t forget to get “personal” … Talk about what drew you to the field of art history, your experience with it: did you take AP art history,and/or have you studied it independently? have you seen any art or read any books that revolutionized your love for the field? have you traveled? have you done any related volunteer or paid activities? Finally, consider your career aspirations.For instance, if you want to a professor, you might mention how the university’s excellent research opportunities, their undergraduate essay prize, the honors program, the art methods seminar, etc. can provide you with a solid foundation for grad school.
An important differentiation between undergrad and grad statements is that most art history departments don’t read their undergraduate personal statements. That task usually falls to a series of readers for the university, who also look at the rest of your application.(Of course, admissions processes vary from school to school, so I can only speak here generally from what I know about larger public universities.)
So why should you put in all this effort if your program probably won’t read your statement? Because you’re trying to impress the university staff/officials with your enthusiasm for the school and your conviction that their art history program is the best one for you; if they admit you, you’ll enrich the university’s reputation through dedication and hard work. They’ll want you as an alumnus.
Some admissions counselors might say my advice is overkill, but I think tailoring your statements to each school is important and encourage you to consider it.
I hope this helps! If I think of anything else, I’ll edit this post and add on to it.
I’ve been experimenting with bees and gold ink! Also my scanner crapped out, which is just as well because the ink looks better photographed than scanned.
There’s something particularly eerie about an abandoned shopping mall. Perhaps it’s the stark contrast from its intended purpose: to see such a sterile place once designed to entice throngs of shoppers into its doors, now so completely devoid of any human life, dilapidated and darkened with time. It’s basically the very definition of post-apocalyptic. But in the case of the (now ironically named) New World shopping mall in Bangkok, Thailand, abandonment by humans doesn’t equate with lifelessness. The mall, which reportedly caught fire in 1999 (rumored to be arson by a competitor), has since flooded with several feet of water and become a paradise for koi and catfish.
As seen in these photos from chef / travel writer Jesse Rockwell, the resulting “urban aquarium” is at once delightful and surreal. Rockwell writes on his travel, photography, and food blog A Taste of The Road that someone deliberately introduced the fish (to probably reduce mosquitoes) into the vacant mall, but that locals in Bangkok’s old town “discourage people from visiting it.” He says he had to wait for a policeman to leave before entering, which makes his resulting images all the more breathtaking. (via The Verge)