As a time right after the final submission of my doctoral thesis, as I wait for the final defense to be set up, I am in an in-between space that is overwhelming. The journeys of the last six years have come to fruition, and yet I am mentally and emotionally exhausted by my work for the thesis and my work at the college and all the other personal struggles in between. However, my students embrace my struggles, coming along on this slow gentle walk of a painting with me, allowing me to calm down, gather myself and find new beginnings.
I am deeply grateful for this time that we have shared together and the welcoming space and the kind of culture we created together. These reflections are strangely promises we have made to each other and ourselves. In reading these, the utopia that we set for ourselves does not seem far-flung or impossible. It seems natural and right in our grasp.
Select quotes from each of their reflections has been placed on this page. However, to engage with their internal journeys, art explorations, and range of thoughts, a pdf copy of the book of Student reflections and responses is also available for deeper and closer engagement.