Date of Award

Spring 5-2011

Access Control

Open Access

Degree Name

Creative Studies, M.S.


International Center for Studies in Creativity

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First Reader

Dr. Cynthia Burnett


College students often ask big questions: Where do I fit in? What gives my life meaning? How can I make a difference? And where do I begin? Women at this age are on a journey of self-discovery, exploring these and other complex, life-changing issues that don't have easy answers. For this master's project, I created a prototype of a book for college women and recent graduates who are on a journey toward authentic living. It is about helping them identify their unique strengths, values, and abilities; discover and harness their passions; and develop a creative mindset that will help them navigate the unfamiliar, yet exciting places their lives may lead. While it does not offer answers to life's big questions, it does provide thought-provoking essays, journaling prompts, and creative exercises to help them explore these questions on their own. It does so from a uniquely female perspective, with stories and advice from women who have passed this way before them.