That was two years ago, but my experience as a student talking openly about not being able to participate as much as other students because I had the responsibility of a child at a time when most of us were still waiting for the first shot of COVID-19 vaccine, and asking for alternatives to handing in course evaluations, was met with the response that there was no time for that. I ended up not being accepted into a certain department of the university. I don’t want to point a finger at anyone – it was a difficult time for everyone – but since then I’ve been really quiet about sharing private priorities, obstacles and problems with people who are evaluating someone and making decisions about who to ‘let in’. This makes me sad, because there is a lot we can learn from each other’s experiences, and being confronted with this in the structures of an art university makes me wonder what you take away from such an environment.
Luckily, there are a loooooooot of other great people educating us in this place, but at times, when one would like to address some issues and difficulties, I am reminded of this.