A student’s encounter with the world reveals its breadth and depth and leads to a change in their inner compass, pushing them to approach their dream with newfound boldness. This is the mental process that most students at Daystar Academy are expected to go through over the course of their internship journeys.
We are so glad to see that at the end of the summer internship, Halley not only strengthened her resolve to pursue art after graduating from high school, but also broadened her horizon and allowed her to find a new possible trajectory for her life.
So what exactly is her “new trajectory”? Let’s find out by reading her internship story.
For Halley, one of the biggest rewards from her summer internship was gaining a deeper understanding of the commercial operation of the art industry, inspiring her to follow a new trajectory in the form of becoming an artist. Such inspiration is a “once in a lifetime” growth experience that is tremendously valuable for Halley.
#01 Being inspired
Many students choose art as their area of focus when studying abroad. Although students may enjoy the pleasure of free artistic creation, that boundlessness may cause them to form an inaccurate impression of art as it exists in the real world.
Like many of her peers, Halley determined early on that she would study art after graduating from high school. However, she never thought about the possible commercial aspects of art until starting this summer internship.
In hopes of creating an opportunity for Halley to truly recognize and come face to face with her own interests, Melissa, the college counselor, and other teachers involved with Daystar Academy’s internship program arranged a one-month internship for Halley at B.R. Gallery.
B.R. Gallery is one of the greatest and most avant-garde domestic art spaces for metal and jewelry works of art. This space offered Halley her first contact with the field of metal arts. During the internship, an opportunity to arrange a themed exhibition allowed her to witness the whole process involved in running an exhibition.
“A lot of people came to visit the exhibition on the first day... Several days later, the number of visitors declined. Some visitors did not understand the art being exhibited at all, but these are really splendid works of art... Artists really need to leave their Ivory Tower... I think I can be a connoisseur or a curator of an art gallery to help artists sell their art pieces...,” Halley reflected.
Getting emerged in the whole process of exhibition operation not only greatly heightened Halley’s awareness of art’s commercial aspect, but also pushed her to ponder on what she could do in the industrial chain of artworks.
Actually for Halley, while seeing different aspects of art and broadening her career development ideas, it is more important to inspire her to be aware of different aspects of everything and adopt critical thinking, so as to form a more complete, real and tolerant cognition and understanding of others and the world.
Apart from being inspired by the commercial aspect of art, Halley also learned a great deal in other ways.
For example, she improved her communication skills. “I learned that we should use different ways to communicate with people of different ages... I also found that we could use some platforms that many people haven’t heard of to promote these exhibits. In addition, we could also try different communication techniques to touch people who have different artistic demands,” said Halley.
Halley’s time management skills were also greatly enhanced. During summer vacation, Halley was not only responsible for her internship, but also had several extracurricular courses to attend. She thus was confronted with the question of how to strike a balance between different tasks to avoid burn out? In terms of her internship at B.R., she had to come up with feasible plans to ensure everything flows smoothly. These are some of the questions Halley faced during her internship.
Halley also improved her emotional management. In the first few days of the exhibition, there were a lot of visitors, but gradually, the visitor flow became unstable, which made Halley unhappy. As there were many repetitive processes in work, Halley started to lose the sense of newness she had in the beginning of internship. So how to strike a balance between expectation and reality, and maintain a positive mentality?
In the face of so many feelings and experiences, in order to guide Halley to conduct reflection in an orderly way, Mr. Darcy, the internship supervisor, visited Halley regularly and guided her to sort out and digest the information and solve the confusion between the ideal and the reality she observed. Of course, such guidance was also provided to the other students who participated in the internship.
Learning through practice enabled Halley to achieve steady growth and has enriched her learning experience, which will prove beneficial as she applies to her dream universities in the future. Undoubtedly, the internship helped Halley find her genuine interest, expand her horizons, and clarify her ideas for self-development. These changes are precisely what the Daystar Internship Program aims to achieve and are integral components of the Daystar educational philosophy.
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