A dancer and full-time faculty member at the Chicago High School for the Arts, Reggie Harris is focused his studies on the psychological impacts of creating art.
At Goddard you design a study plan each semester, keeping in mind what your life is like. I just do a little bit every day. I treat it like a part-time job. I map it out each week. Some weeks might be a little less busy, so I can squeeze in a little more schoolwork. The flexibility is there.
The residency period is really exciting and interesting. You have the campus experience in one intensive week when you can really focus on your curriculum. But it’s also a quiet meditative time to reflect and reassess, and it’s a time when you can bounce ideas off your peers and advisors. So it’s a period of high creativity.
You develop your study plan during the residency. It’s a brief outline, and it’s flexible; it’s a reference point, a place to start. You submit it to your advisor for approval and then you both use it as a guide during your course of study.
I submitted a packet every three weeks for my program. A packet can be anything: papers, artwork, photography, an annotated bibliography. I structured my study plan loosely, allowing my research to go into the specifics. As you read more, your plan changes; you keep working with your advisor to weave it all together.