“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”
– Pablo Picasso
By Nick Lynch, Student and CEF YouthWise Alum
I first attended the Creative Problem Solving Institute (CPSI) when I was 10. I remember getting off the plane in Atlanta, where the conference was held at the time, and feeling completely overwhelmed that I was about to be surrounded by some of the world’s most creative thinkers. We went out to dinner one of the first nights, and I just sat there without a clue as to what a 10 year old could contribute to the ideas and terms flying around the table. Yet less than one week later I felt confident enough about the CPS process to present my YouthWise team’s findings to the entire conference.
Looking back, that shouldn’t have been a surprise to me. I grew up in a household that placed a high importance on creativity. My mother, Karen Lynch, had raised me to think outside the box in all of my activities. With my brother and sister, I was the one who could create the most fun games. Perhaps this was partially because I was the oldest. But it also was because I was supported in creating a world for the three of us to explore. By attending CPSI as I aged out of elementary school, I was able to grow and develop my creative thinking, taking what I was learning in the abstract and applying my new knowledge to a more practical setting – my life.
Currently, I am 17 and a senior in high school. I recently finished up my college application process. I knew I was selling myself as a potential candidate for each school. However, there was a second aspect – I was proving to myself that I could proficiently use CPS during the application process. On the surface, my essay was about how CPS and applied improv influenced my life. On a deeper level, I structured my essay based upon a storytelling technique I learned at CPSI. One by one, I conquered each question with an H2 (“how to”) statement, almost marketing myself for how I could solve the challenges of the future.
I view life as a series of problems – which is not a bad thing – and feel that what defines an individual is how she is able to solve them. Through the Creative Problem Solving Institute, and the methodologies that I have studied there, I am now able to approach every problem I face in my life, knowing that if I set my mind to it, I can find a solution.
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