I made a wonderful mistake of going to graduate school in art history a few years ago. I say "wonderful" without sarcasm, and I say this because I was given the opportunity to finally understand why I decided to study the arts as an undergraduate in the first place. I didn't come to this realization while still in Michigan. My decision to leave Michigan was based on intuition and a lack of will to follow-through a possible mistake. I could not vocalize why I needed to leave, how I knew I was making the right decision, and what I wanted to do afterwards. My lack of justification and inability to explain myself made me feel like an utter failure. Through all of this, I was fortunate to have really supportive parents, who took me on a road trip throughout the entire State of Michigan to help me let out my frustrations. It has not been easy for me to talk about Michigan, and I feel like that part of my life will always remain a sensitive spot for me. In the beginning of this year, I was finally able to undust this memory and appreciate what I had originally felt was time lost.
The University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Campus
Beautiful Trees at the Gerald R. Ford Library in Ann Arbor
Maya Lin's The Wave Field in Ann Arbor
Fair Lane - Henry Ford's Home in Dearborn