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Enjoy pondering big concepts and putting them in your own words? Try this one on for size: Creativity. Here’s what a few Skidmorites say about it:

It feels exhilarating—like when you're hiking and you go off the trail, and you realize that you might be standing on ground that no one has ever stood on before.
Marc Tetel, neuroscience professor

Creativity involves truly surprising yourself. Making music with a group of people is an incredible experience, and I’m amazed by the creativity of writers. But I also love joyous, wacky creativity—like great comedy.
Julia Pistell ’05, English major

I remember the moment when I knew I wanted to write poems: summer of ’67, sitting by the water, reading Sylvia Plath. I responded to some kind of energy in her words—they took the top of my head off, and made me want to say things in a new way. I wrote a poem, and then two more. I was saying things I didn’t know I was going to say, and I was just thrilled. I felt like I had a lover, like I’d never be lonely again.
Leslie Ullman ’69, poet

Creativity is how you meld what you have inside with what the world around you has to offer. Whether you fall in line with what’s expected of you or follow the path that evolves from something within yourself depends on your ability to stay open, trusting, and courageous.
Geri LaGotta, UWW ’97, wedding-cake baker

I see it as simply using my personal resources (intellectual, physical) to determine what I’m capable of, to face challenges, to solve a problem. For instance, my scholarship is a way to explore my intellectual abilities, forever revealing more of myself to myself.
Jeff Segrave, exercise-science prof

For me it’s an innate uneasiness with inertia; a need to continue weaving myself, in new ways, into the fabric of the world. It’s almost as important as oxygen: it isn’t really a question of how I use it, but how I would suffer without it.
Holter Graham ’94, actor