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Week 2 Reflection

What I found most interesting this week was learning about the culture and how it evolved in each of the Three Kingdoms. I found it fascinating how much culture historians were able to pull just from the tombs of rulers, nobility, and aristocrats in the time period of the late fourth to mid-fifth centuries. For example, in the “Tomb of the Four Spirits,” dragons, tigers, phoenixes, tortoises, and snakes were all featured. These characters were linked to possible religious references in Goguryeo. The animal and religion connection definitely made me realize how linked Chinese culture was to Korea. The Chinese influence was more than just religion, and the elaborate tombs displayed that while also painting pictures of what that time period looked like through the eyes of those residing in the Three Kingdoms.

Seth, Michael J. A Concise History of Korea: from Antiquity to the Present. Rowman & Littlefield, 2020.

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Growth Mindset Cats

After using cats as a way to improve my own growth mindset from the link below, the cat that I found most interesting was the Stay-Creative cat. I watched the video on “29 Ways To Stay Creative” and found a lot of useful tools. I especially liked the idea of staying away from the computer or technology in general as a way to inspire creativity. I often tell myself that I don’t have time to be creative, but I end up spending hours on my computer or phone everyday. If I just put the phone down for an hour or two, I could accomplish so much more. The video also emphasized getting feedback from others regarding creativity. I find myself doing something creative, like writing or drawing, and not wanting to show anyone else with the fear that they might not appreciate what I have created. However, it would be more beneficial to receive feedback so that my work could expand. These two ways to stay creative from the Stay-Creative cat stuck out to me as ways that I can improve my ability to be creative.

Check out the link! Stay creative: break the rules.

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