Recovery and Discovery to Become a Balanced Thinker - and Beyond

Date of Completion


Document Type

Open Access Capstone

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

First Advisor

Peter Taylor


Finding creativity was my good fortune. I changed, developed thinking skills, and became a balanced being through my time in the Critical and Creative Thinking (CCT) Program. Now I know what to listen to and what not to listen to. I know how to nurture and heal myself. CCT is not just a graduate program. It is a self-help advisor or personal development coordinator, so to speak, so students find what they really want to do in their lives and be ready to do what they want to do after they leave CCT. In CCT, I overcame my creativity blocks, acknowledged grief, asked what I really want to do in my life, and found new interests. I confronted a self who had been very critical yet seeking harmony. I solved my struggles by seeking positives within myself by listening to my creative voices. I just needed to "believe" that my works were not as bad as I had thought. This synthesis is a written record of my learning chain: creativity, death and dying, healing methods, harmony maintenance, and a believing exercise. This sequence of my discovering more about myself is a process of recovery from my negative experiences in the past. And more importantly, this sequence of my learning chain will keep adding up by learning and experiencing even as I leave CCT. CCT has given me a method of how to keep moving forward and enrich my life more and more. Creativity is a ticket to enter a happier life.


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