More than two weeks ago, I started a project with 5 other classmates from the minor study “Management of Creativity and Innovation”, which is called SchoolForSchool, to further develop our creativity. For more information of this project, please visit the website http://www.schoolforschool.com. June 1 is the Children’s Day in many countries including China. This holiday is simply set to honor children and minors. Schools in China usually hold activities on Children’s Day to allow students to have fun. However on June 1, 2008 the day was made even more memorable, as many people remembered the children who died in the earthquake just two and a half weeks before. 3 group members and I will leave late today for China to celebrate an extra Children’s Day with the victims from Guixi primary school in Beichuan county on June 3. We will arrive Chengdu China on the Children’s Day. I contacted a couple of TV stations and newspaper in China and they might reporting on the spot. I still have to arrange few things when I get there and I hope everything will go smoothly. After the event, I’ll visit my parents in Chongqing as they miss me very much. Yes, I’m the only child they have;-)
I would like to thank all the sponsors of this SFS project or actually my network, Ortel Mobile, Spil Games, Target Media, Jonge Sla, Help China. I on behalf of the entire team, we are really appreciate your contribution. Without your support we can’t make it happen.
Time flies! The first week for me was odd, mysterious, unexpected, vague and exploratory. I don’t know if these words express my feelings and thoughts properly as I’m not a native English speaker;-) I hope you get the idea. I ask myself, how do I feel so far? I feel it has been an intense and yet fun experience. I must say I often get tired by the end of the day.
The first assignment was to make a collage to emphasize our passions. What is my passion? Hmm, I have many passions, but which one is the most important? I love my motherland China, the people there and the culture. Having lived for 7 years in the Netherlands, it is gradually becoming my second home. Making the collage helped me to clarify my passion for being involved in cross culture and communication between the Netherlands and China.
The second week has already ended. Our second assignment “Pimp our classroom” has not been completed yet. The classroom is supposed to be dressed in four cities, NY, London, Paris and of course Amsterdam. I suggested when we chose the interior-decorating theme in the class that decorations should be exotic and multi-cultural not only because I’m a Chinese, but some of the other students also come from different cultures. I thought it might be a wise idea to mix all the culture and through the working session people would get to know each other and their culture better. I was a little bit disappointed when the final decision was made. Nevertheless, things won’t always happen as you expect, so it’s best to accept the reality and move on. Therefore, I chose to be part of the group, which is responsible for creating a small Amsterdam in our classroom. I’m confident that we are creating a cosy and cheerful Amsterdam.
Previously, I have never really spent time developing my creativity. During the last 7 years in the Netherlands, I’ve been engaged seeking a meaningful life, learning, adapting and planning. This course is really good opportunity for me to change myself, learn to go with the flow and discover what I have in me.
written on 13 Feb. 2009
When I received the first email from the minor “Management of Creativity and Innovation”, my first reaction was surprised that we had to bring our own chair to the indicated location (I think everyone would react the same). I realized that this minor will rumple my daily life habits, so the regular life style;-)
I believe that I’m the oldest student in the class although I don’t feel that old (even older than some of my teachers). I’m well disciplined, tidy etc. With age, I became cautious. Therefore, the inherent habits are difficult to be changed. It is absolutely big challenge for me during these 20 weeks. I could choose other minors that are less free, more books and disciplines. To be frank, I’m not good at learning from the books either. MMCI has been finally chosen by my conscious purpose. I would like to discover the other side of me and find the courage back I had when I was younger.
written on 4 Feb. 2009