4. But only if you don't count today which hasn't begun. I feel like my mental health is holding up better this trip. Being able to come to utopia on our day off doesn't hurt and neither does listening to my classmates all feeling basically the same things that I am feeling. I think that one critical flaw in this program is that we not ready to hop into the art world feeling fueled and confident. We are all crawling to the MFA finish line ready to curl up into a fetal position while waiting to feel human again. That is a huge aspect of this that I would change. I think everyone across the boards needs some kind positive reinforcement along the way.
We will be defending our thesis papers the last three days, unclosing the day of graduation, so I guess that means they think we are all going to pass. Can you imagine not passing someone and telling them the day of graduation, when their family is already here to celebrate? Crazy right? Whoops, maybe I shouldn't give them too much credit....
Ultimately I do think that it is in the best interest of the program to get the old people out into the world and deal with the new people. I did what was required of me and I am proud because I think I did it well. I'm not afraid of not graduating, but I will admit there are other people that I would have not let come this far in the journey because they did not do the work. Our program director stressed from the beginning that we would have to submit large volumes of work throughout the two years, and I did! But not everyone did and two guys in particular have been working with the same images that they each shot in one brief period of time over and over. Totally unacceptable in my book.
Anyway, I am heading back to school, anxious to finish this chapter and move forward.