In October last year I went to a meeting about ‘Research in Practice.’ I wasn’t doing research in practice as a module until January so I was just going out of curiosity at that point. We had broken off into groups and one of my classmates, quite innocently, asked me what my practice was. I said none, “unless my previous job as a Living History Demonstrator (at Mary Arden’s Farm) counts.” She asked me why I was there. Well, everyone seemed to be going. They’d sent out an email to everyone, so I went. I remembered later that my lecturer had said it would be good to network and meet people on other Arts-based Masters courses. But it did make me think about belonging and that, if I’m not an artist who is researching their practice (which most people on the Arts-based Masters course seemed to be), then I wouldn’t count or I would be missing out on a learning experience everyone was getting. I felt a bit outside the artist clique so I distracted the group with images of Mary Arden’s Farm and hoped for no more follow-up questions.
This situation had made me think about why I wanted to study. I was searching for a more structured and supported way to get a more permanent or well-paid job in the Arts sector. Studying Arts and Project Management reminded me of a quote which often comes back to me.
‘There is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred’ ‘…which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. I learned a deep respect for one of Goethe’s couplets: Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it!’
It’s one of those ideas I pin up on my notice board because just starting something helps put events in motion. And on the day of that research in practice lecture the lecturer, Carol, highlighted a quote by Schon about how students have to ‘plunge into doing – without knowing, in essential ways, what one needs to learn.’  So the MA was my “plunging into doing” and that starting point was quite exciting because I think I permitted myself to be an Arts person, having definitely decided THIS is what I wanted to do and I believed it was leading to a productive and good place. I’d also realised that Arts and Project Management was my practice so, in order to research it, I needed to get a head start on Arts Events Internships.
 William Hutchison Murray, The Scottish Himalayan expedition, (Indiana, J M Dent & Sons 1951) [digitized 2008, accessed 28.2.14], 7
 Donald A. Schön, Educating the Reflective Practitioner: Toward a New Design for Teaching and Learning in the Professions, (California, Jossey-Bass Inc., 1987) 166