How to survive through a Three way Challenge
the Creation of Art, focus on Study and the Onset of Covid
Combining my passion for art with a new course at Trinity College Dublin was an exciting prospect. Little did I know that the world would be hit by a pandemic, making my journey even more challenging. In this blog post, I’ll share my experiences, the learning curve, and how collaboration played a crucial role in navigating through the creation of art, focussing on study and surviving through COVID-19.
The Learning Curve:
The course at Tangent, Idea’s Workspace at Trinity College was designed for graduates in creative and cultural fields, aiming to foster innovation and entrepreneurship. It promised the joy of lifelong learning and the thrill of the unknown. We delved into topics like Innovation & Creativity, Critical Thinking, and Growth Mindsets, immersing ourselves in a world of endless possibilities.
The Onset of COVID-19:
As the course commenced in January, the ominous threat of COVID-19 loomed large. The uncertainty was overwhelming, and the world seemed to be in turmoil. The question arose – How could we survive art, study and COVID simultaneously? Trinity College responded swiftly by shifting the course online, ensuring we could continue our education safely from our homes. While we missed the camaraderie of in-person interactions, digital collaboration became the new norm.
Part of the course involved forming breakaway groups to identify entrepreneurial opportunities. My group created a not-for-profit recruitment agency, Críonna, focusing on providing employment services to older people in rural Ireland. The aim was to contribute positively to society by offering employers access to emotionally intelligent and skilled staff.
The Student Entrepreneur Awards:
We worked diligently on our assignment and pitched our idea to an audience filled with adjudicators, tutors, and fellow students. The nervous tension was palpable. Although our idea didn’t progress further, we were thrilled to receive a Certificate of Recognition for our involvement in the Student Entrepreneur Awards 2020 at Trinity College. This experience fueled our passion for entrepreneurship.
Embracing the Challenge:
Working from home became the new normal due to the necessity of social distancing. While we missed the physical presence of our peers, we adapted to this new way of learning. The closure of schools and colleges presented a unique challenge, but we soldiered on, determined to make the most of our education.
The Road Ahead:
Despite the challenges, I am enthusiastic about the rest of the course and the opportunity to apply the skills I’m learning to enhance my artistic practice. As the seanfhocail (Irish saying) goes, “Tús maith leath na h-oibre!” (a good start is half the work). I’m excited to continue with my extended level of knowledge and producing original artwork, creating style and ambience for homes and offices.
Gratitude and Acknowledgments:
I extend my heartfelt thanks to all the tutors at Trinity College for their guidance and making this course enjoyable. Their support has been invaluable in my journey as a creative.
Combining art, study with the onset of COVID-19 was indeed a three-way challenge. Through adaptation, collaboration, and perseverance, we overcame the obstacles and continue to pursue our dreams. The experience has taught me that even during challenging times, learning never stops, and creativity knows no bounds. Together, we figured out how to survive art study and COVID all at once, and the journey continues to inspire me every day.