Week1_Effort is all that’s needed_by Nikolaos Mouchtouris

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While majoring in biochemistry, a science major, comprehending and studying art is imperative for a well-rounded personality. In the long run, what is important in life is not only specializing in a specific branch of a science, but also gaining various experiences that will provide an individual with the appropriate general knowledge to communicate with the people around him.

This ability to communicate with the people around us that perhaps do not have common interests with us is achieved if one knows something about the other. Caring to study art while being a scientist is a way to bridge two different cultures, art and science, and help an individual to see the world through somebody else’s eyes.

Being an international student from Greece, when I arrived at UCLA, I encountered a new, totally different culture. In order to avoid facing a cultural shock, I tried to find similarities between the American culture and the Greek one I had been brought up in. Eventually, I soon realized that my American friends and I have many things in common, same concerns, goals and in some cases, same sense of humor. After being here for more than a quarter, I am impressed with the bonding I have with some friends.

It became obvious to me that in order to connect two different cultures, you need to put some effort in it and try to allocate all the similarities. It is the society’s denial that restrains the two cultures, art and science, from becoming one. At this point, I would like to quote a fellow student, Beverly Okereke, who criticized the north-south campus division by writing: “Should we say that it starts once the buildings begin to change? No. It based on what we think and what we believe.” Personally, I find this quote by Beverly very significant as it confirms the fact that each individual of our society is responsible for this distinction between arts and sciences. I am sure that if everybody took a look at the “other side of the campus”, the other culture, he could definitely find something that not only interests him but reflects his aspirations and goals in his field of study.

One of my passions, besides biochemistry, psychology, enabled me to understand myself in more depth. I would like to bring up an example from psychology that applies to the bridging of the two cultures; the goal of this week. In psychology, there are several ways used in order to interpret behavior, each having conflicting assumptions that are valid and cannot be disproved. However, nowadays, a good psychologist uses all of the different perspectives, taking into consideration all of the conflicting assumptions, adding his own creativity and judgment in order to make an accurate diagnosis. The final diagnosis, though, is an outcome of art, as suggested by art’s purpose, defined in the site,http://theuniversityblog.co.uk/2008/03/14/science-vs-art/, that Dwayne Myhre, a fellow student, used earlier. In this site, art is said to be about “arguing meanings, feelings, and contesting views” and “about searching, moving in all directions, discovery”. Thus, a successful scientist thinks just like a successful artist. Connection achieved.

Nikolaos Mouchtouris

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