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“I’m not fascinated by people who smile all the time. What I find interesting is the way people look when they are lost in thought, when their face becomes angry or serious, when they bite their lip, the way they glance, the way they look down when they walk, when they are alone and smoking a cigarette, when they smirk, the way they half smile, the way they try and hold back tears, the way when their face says they want to say something but can’t, the way they look at someone they want or love… I love the way people look when they do these things. It’s… beautiful.”
: To the anon who asked you about the value of an arts degree- I started my college career at a conservatory solely studying music, and I ended up transferring to a university to study social science instead. I feel that unless a career in the arts is the only way that you'll ever be happy and you don't have other interests that could turn into at least a part-time career, it's best to get an arts degree AND also get a solid foundation in a field where having a degree is an actual necessity.
(thank you for your insight!)
Oh, I want to add something to my last post.
Universities where I’m from is significantly cheaper than in most places. Canada is not that expensive and Québec, where I did my studies, is the least expensive of all the provinces.
I had a $2,000 scholarship that I maintained by having good grades that covered most of the tuition. But I still had to apply for loans.
Which meant that I finished my 3-year degree with about $10,000 in debt.
Which I realize is much much much much less than A LOT of people. So, maybe, that played in the fact that I was less worried about the whole ‘useless degree” thing.
That said, when I started uni, I had NO IDEA it was so expensive elsewhere and $10,000 seemed like a big fucking deal to me, so I don’t know. I felt like I had to be honest about that.
I still think, people should just study what they love though.
Anonymous: Do you ever wish you had chosen a different degree to get rather than Bachelor of Fine Arts? Do you feel like that is a useless degree? I have been thinking about doing a Bachelor of Arts with major in music, but a huge part of me is really afraid of this decision, because I hear so much about bachelor of arts degrees are useless and not worth the money and time spent in school. Any thoughts?
Yes and no. I LOVED doing my degree. LOVED it. And I, personally, didn’t really cared about whether or not it would be useful. I still don’t. I only cared about studying what I wanted.
The only thing I vaguely regret, is my choice of university. I mean, in the end, I had so much fun, and made really good friends, and worked in an art gallery which is the best job I’ve ever had. But the way they built their degree kinda screwed me over for any graduate studies (I would have had to catch up to another year of undergrad, maybe even two to be admissible to MA programs in other universities - which is something I wish I had known)
I mean, obviously right now, I’m not doing anything with my degree, but that’s mostly my fault. Sometimes I think it’s less the degree and more the level of education you have. I feel that more and more undergrad degrees are becoming useless and you have to get a Master’s degree to be more competitive. That said, I guess it depends on your field of studies and what you have to do.
Also, I could be full of shit and it’s quite possible I don’t know what I’m talking about.
I always say that you should study what makes you happy.
But it depends on you. Some people really don’t want to have the debts and all that. I never cared. Just wanted to do things I liked.
As for the useless thing - I don’t know about the people you know, but it was a big running joke when I was in uni between me and my friends and everybody else in our programs, that a BA was useless and that we were going to be broke and jobless for the rest of our lives, and maybe that is true a lot, but mostly it’s not, and nobody cared because we loved it.
That’s what’s important, I think.
Jean-Paul Riopelle, Perspectives, 1956
From the Tate Collection:
The French-Canadian painter Riopelle was one of the artists included in the 1951 exhibition in Paris, ‘Véhémences Confrontées’ (Opposing Forces). He had been living in Paris since 1947, and brought to his work both a North American background and a distinctly European sensibility. In the early 1950s Riopelle had experimented with dripping and splashing paint, creating densely covered canvases in vivid colours. He went on to develop a distinctive technique using a palette knife to apply the paint in quick, sharp strokes all over the canvas. This resulted in a thickly worked surface, or ‘impasto’. This painting was executed in this way. The marks are suggestive of the painter’s action in applying the paint.
Anonymous: Did you ever finished your fanfic about the two boys in love? And if yes, would you share the link to it?
Yes, I did (43,000 words. YAY!)
I’ll share the link with you if you contact me off-anon, because I don’t feel like posting the link on this tumblr.
I’m from Québec, Canada, but now live in Ontario.
My SleepyBear is back for good. The world has shifted back into place.