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Creative Process in Pontlevoy, France

Hi Everyone!

My name is Genevieve Davis and I just finished my second year at U of M.  For the next few weeks, I will be in Pontlevoy, France (along with TJ) taking the same course that explores our creative abilities.  I am in the School of Kinesiology at Michigan, majoring in Movement Science, which honestly doesn’t typically involve much creative thinking.  I haven’t ever really thought of myself as a creative person, so I wanted to take this class as a kind of change of pace for me.  It doesn’t hurt that the class is in the French countryside either.

eiffel tower

Here I am at the Eiffel Tower in Paris, which I visited during my travels before my class began.

Even though I don’t speak a word of French, I have really come to like France so far.   Before my class started I spent about a week in Madrid and Paris, neither of which I had been to before. I spoke enough Spanish to get around in Madrid, but Paris was a completely different story.  I didn’t realize how extremely difficult it would be to function in a place where you really don’t speak the language at all.  Fortunately, one of the girls I was traveling with spoke French so she could do the translating for me.  Since coming from Paris to Pontlevoy, I haven’t been affected as much by the language barrier.  I think that this may be because Pontlevoy is such a small town (I believe it has a population of 1,500)  and because I mostly hang around the abbey where we are housed, so I just don’t really encounter that many French-speaking people.

Well I’m off to go start our first class assignment: a stop-motion animation. I’ll keep posting about once or twice a week to keep you all posted on my trip!


France! (The Start)

Abbey of Pontlevoy

Outside the Abbey of Pontlevoy

I came to Pontlevoy with no expectations about the town or the Creative Process class.  Being a business student, I understand that this course will be a complete change of pace for me; however, I understand that if I put forth maximum effort, I will reap the benefits of an innovation course such as this.  Creativity is the combination of experiences and observing other things that have been created. These words were uttered of the mouth of Prof. Van Gent and they really resonated with me.

During our first exercise, we were required to come up with terms that we equate with creativity. One of the word that came to my head was “philosophy”.  Some of classmates might have wondered why I said this since I didn’t get a chance to explain my thought process. Basically, I have been studying to go to law school in doing so, I have come across many cases and arguments. For a successful argument and in philosophy in general, there is a certain level of creativity involved that helps solidify your points. Again, it is not that you are creating arguments out of the blue, but rather, you are taking a current problem/situation and applying previous arguments to it.  The creativity comes into play when you decide to either use the previous rationale for or against the current situation. To me, this is very interesting and I took this course to improve my thought process in relation to problems such as these.