Contact Crash: How jumping head first into arts education affected my life
There is so much that I was able to do because of arts education. Having the arts in high school opened many doors to my academic and personal growth. Even the way I see the world is different. I can look at things and analyze them for what they are, and what they could be. I can dissect things in my mind to understand the process behind them. I have gained so much. My high school experience was built upon arts education. Now, I have started college, and the knowledge I have collected about the arts, and the experiences I have had through the arts, has not only given me new friends, but has opened doors in terms of what I can do with my life.
The thing about being a linguistics major is people will ask you, “What will you do with that?” And, for a minute, you give them a blank stare. Then, you shrug and say, “I dunno, I could work in the government…” But, when you just begin to study languages, and their structure, and you take a dance class, and you sing for fun, and you sing for a more meaningful purpose, something becomes a little clear: I can work wherever I want, no matter what my major is.
Everything connects in the education world. When it comes to the core classes, there’s too much assumption that there can be one without the other, but people don’t seem to realize that they all interconnect. Our brains do not pick up one little thing at a time and focus on just that one topic. As humans, our brains are wired to make connections to everything. Because the arts help us make these connections, the arts have their place in education. (Maybe an even bigger place than most realize!)
My arts education has not only given me such great life experience and made me a more well-rounded person, but it has also given me a new way to look at my future and what I can do with it. It has shown me a dozen more paths. So now, it doesn’t look so narrow, or confusing.
Arts education affects children and young adults every day. It’s so important for developmental growth, academic success, and most of the time, it is important for the soul.