Ponderings: Being creative in school

Hiya everyone, I’m back again after a crazy two weeks of deadlines in school. I have submitted my last assignment on Thursday (yay!) so I have a little bit of a lull time/a breather before it’s time to study for the upcoming exams. It’s always this busy towards the end of the semester!

Today I’ll like to share all the creative opportunities in school. You know all those creative projects that teachers/lecturers like to set? Now that we are all older and people acquire more skills, I’m starting to really see the creativity in some of the final products that my classmates come up with, compared to say when I was a secondary school student whereby creative more often than not means a skit. The creative projects that I’m going to share today are part of a module titled “Interpreting Tourism Spaces and Culture” (module code: GE4218), which is a geography module that focuses on responsibilities in tourism. We can pick any sub-theme that we want to work on and here are some projects that sparks off my creative receptors!

  1. Marine Feed on Instagram. The group uses photos as well as typographies to bring their messages across, with more detailed explanations in the photo description. The project discusses captive wildlife, some pros and cons, as well as snippets of information on captive wildlife.
  2. The Responsible Tourist: Caring for Pulau Ubin on WordPress. The group curated messages and advice on how to be responsible when travelling at Pulau Ubin, a small offshore island that is a popular recreational spot for locals and tourists alike. I felt that their site design was really nice and clean, and they even composed a music video to that sings out the responsibility messages!
  3. GO SLOW on Facebook. This group is interesting because they feature locations in Singapore where you can slow travel, as part of slow tourism. This is a concept that I’m rather attracted to (and incidentally, also what my group worked on) and I think they did a great job with the location features.

My group did on slow food tourism on Facebook and Instagram, featuring our very own local delicacies in hawker centres. We also conducted some food trails which were rather fun to carry out in a group. All these project are a little academic oriented (this is a Honours level module afterall) but I believe all of us tried to express them in layman terms. I think they are worth a read if you have the time and is interested in the idea of what is responsibility in tourism. Unfortunately, these sites will no longer be updated since the project is already completed but there is still quite a lot of content for a one month long project.

Are there creative opportunities that you find in non-craft areas too? As always, feel free to comment or post any questions you might have. Posting would probably be more intermittent for the next month or so, as I get ready for exams. After that, I should be back for the holidays (:

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