This program has provided me something you can’t find in any school classroom other than this one. Typically you take year one university to see what you’re true interests are if you’re unsure. But here I’ve been able to find that out on my own. Reaching out into all these different fields that I’m interested in, and spending time getting to know the layout of each one individually. Putting aside all the skills I’ve learned throughout all of these experiences I have been able to actually get a taste of many different careers to see if id really enjoy them in life. And I think that is something I have taken for granted up until this point.
As we all know we are well into our time here at Propel, and the semester is nearing the end. For the last few months I’ve been expanding my knowledge in careers I’m interested in, I’ve been doing this by job shadowing in mechanic shops and dentist offices. I have had many volunteer positions and learned more than I ever thought possible. But in this closing month I found something I wish I would’ve found weeks ago. Art therapy! Maybe some of you have heard of it, taken it, or don’t know anything about it but it’s a very large interest of mine. Of course dentistry was at one point too until I actually job shadowed with my dentists, and realised it was most definitely not for me.
The true definition of ‘art therapy’ is a form of psychotherapy involving the encouragement of free self-expression through painting, drawing, or modeling. And if any artist thinks about it….. We’ve been doing this our whole lives. Ever since we were kids or only for the last couple years of our lives, we have been expressing ourselves through many different mediums. And weather you did on purpose or not it happened. Coming home after an amazing or terrible day, we try to get something out there. Sometimes we can sometimes we can’t. Other times we don’t want to but do it anyway. And its therapy for us even though we never intended it. As my mom would say “it’s practicing your soul”.
With this sudden realization that I am madly in love with helping people and art…. I decided that I should run an art therapy class! Within an hour I had sent out emails and called every place I knew that would be open to this idea. Having a volunteer position at St. Amant made this very exciting and they were very supportive. I am still working on a solid plan for my ideas but I would love to work on this project in a senior’s home as well as St. Amant. Of course this comes with some research and buying supplies but I am ecstatic about this.