FOCUS Student Magazine Focus April 2013 - Page 26

24 WE ALL WALK IN DIFFERENT SHOES Teko is known for nourishing students that challenge the banality of much that surrounds us today. The school produces some of the most creative, and boundary challenging fashion and business students in Europe and it’s famous for advocating a conceptual teaching style and has alumni that hold influential positions worldwide. Although students are only just embarking on the beginning of their careers, they should demonstrate from this early stage, focus and most importantly, individuality within their work. But do they always? During a requisite conversation with a close friend some three weeks ago, she divulged what seemed like the opinion that wouldn’t end about the way in which the students of this school are growing into one and the same. I didn’t ask for the assessment but that didn’t matter. The point she made was intriguing and it really mad e me look more carefully at the people around me. Has the school have this affect upon students or is it just in our nature to fly like moths into the light bulb and not realize that we can be butterflies instead? Individuality is a funny thing, quite often the people who seek it the most end up having the least. As humans, we have been endowed with free will, yet we bypass it with surprising frequency to follow the herd. You can see it everywhere: high school kids who want to stand out and be different do it by joining a group of Goth kids all dressed in black, who are subsequently indistinguishable from each other. College kids want to rebel and show their independence and individuality by getting the exact same tribal tattoo of the year as 15 of their friends. And apparently, nowhere is this herd mentality as obvious as in the Lifestyle Design community. Yes, my friends, maybe even here at Teko. The school’s unique character is a result of its ability to combine experience stemming from a long tradition with new thinking in a way that enables new, creative solutions. The links between teaching, research, business and artistic activities are active and very close. So close that they get so muddled up, you can’t feel the taste of cultural differentiation anymore. Since the moment I arrived in Denmark, back in August, I have gathered a couple of situations that come in this claim, issues like these happening in Fashion-Design, but also in Retail, only showing that conformity is spreading on all the departments. As it came to my knowledge, higher grades were taken by the people that either verbally or visually supported the Danish fashion culture. Was it just a mere coincidence or is the school actually expecting to portray the same national and cultural standards of beauty? Imagine that Teko is a big mountain. You cannot move it out of your way as much as you wish, but you can definitely climb to cross it over. Nobody expects you to drop out, but there are for sure other ways to still keep