The following is a post from Lauren, a current student in Memory, Aging & Expressive Arts. Lauren reflects on her weekly sessions with her Coffee House partner and the power of creativity. ~ Anne Mondro, Professor of Memory, Aging & Expressive Arts
I am not a morning person at all. From the outside, one might question why I signed up for a nine am class on Thursday and Fridays; however, to me, there was no questioning registering for Memory, Aging, and Expressive Arts. Combining my love for art and my love for helping people, I am on a path to become a Child and Art Therapist. Each Thursday, I am given the unique opportunity to help my community member use art as a form of expression.
As a Freshman from Texas, I am still adjusting to being so far away from my family. My grandma is one of my best friends, and missing her became a lot less horrible when I started working with my Coffee House member. The fun and games are never ending when we are together- we are trouble with a capital ‘T’ and everyone knows it. Each piece is another adventure, and each day brings a new story as well. We have bonded in ways that have surfaced memories I didn’t think could be accessed- but painting found them.
This experience has been like nothing before. The thought of finishing up and not spending my Thursday mornings with my member anymore makes me sad, but that’s how you know something’s been great. The lessons she has taught me, and the joy she makes me feel reminds me to never stop being creative. Art is clearly the best medicine of her week, and for me, her company is the best motivation for homework- one day closer to our next adventure together.