As a student of the school of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, I learned a lot about critical and creative thinking. Many times each type of thinking is taught separately but during my classes, at UW I was shown not only how to do each but how well they go hand in hand to create innovative and forward thinking projects. I was taught how to identify my own bias and assumptions but also of others by analyzing written work, films, and even oral conversations. Through my time at UWB I was also able to become aware of my own social position is this world and how to analyze interpersonal relationships. Then I was given the skills to interpret, evaluate, and reflect on information a wide variety of topics to create work that was informative, persuasive and engaging for readers.
I feel like my short story, Bus 522 Woodinville, from my BISIA 207 class applies to the Critical and Creative thinking learning objective because it covers two experiences of the complex subject of platonic interpersonal relationships and how they change over time. Bus 522 Woodinville is written in the first person but I spent a respectable portion of the writing process in capturing the character of Anastasia, the other character on the bus. The story is meant to show the readers not only the relationship between Leela and Anastasia but the state of their friendship with their mutual friend Gabby. Through this writing process, I was able to analyze and reflect on my friendships with these two girls and consider how I might apply everything I learn from my failed friendships and apply them to my future relationships.
I chose to include my Poetry Analysis 2 Modern Japanese Poetry from BIS 398 as a contender under the Critical and Creative thinking learning objective because of the process in which I approached this paper. Before I even started to analyze the poetry I first identified any preconceptions I had about Japanese literature and researched the validity or baselessness of my assumptions. With my assumptions clarified thanks to both the foreword in the anthology I got my collection of poems from and a couple scholarly articles on a modern day Japanese poetry, I began my analysis and synthesis of the texts. After I had read each poem multiple times and let them sink in I began to form my question around the literary techniques used to create these iconic stylized poems that are so different from western contemporary poems and the cultural differences that influence them. By comparing these poems from the works I had read the week prior which were from the transcendental poetry movement I was able to break down the divergences and convergences of these two genres of poetry. Overall it was a fun and interesting paper that helped me to improve not only my poetry analysis skill but my international literature appreciation skills as well.
In the fine arts field critical thinking is just as vital as creative thinking. The connection between creative thinking and art is more obvious than critical thinking but critical thinking can be very important to the creative process once ideas have been generated. Creative thinking can form new ideas as well as innovative solutions to problems during a project but critical think helps with refining and polishing the finished product. Especially as a scientific illustrator or designer critical and creative thinking will help to create visually engaging work that still is informative and accurate. I hope to take both of these skills forward with me into further education as well as the professional world.