Written By: M. Mohan UNT Graduate Information Science

Howdy, everyone! I’m Madan, a graduate student at UNT focusing on Information Science with a music and information technology background. The Spark Makerspace is an excellent place to develop innovative skills. The staff here are amicable and helpful in learning various software and equipment available for students to use, whether it is 3D printing, laser cutting, using the sewing machine, or learning cutting-edge technology. It is a department that is inclusive of students from all backgrounds. I always enjoy working in a diverse place with people from all backgrounds, making our department a unique focus on diversity and equity. This is a place for anyone passionate about arts and is an excellent place to develop leadership and collaborative skills from business to creative arts majors. I enjoy working here the most due to access to various electronic music production equipment and my newfound interest in Blender software. At Spark, we also have the opportunity to help patrons who want to explore and learn various software. It is an ideal workplace for anyone creative because it allows one to learn, explore, develop different skills, and grow together.

My passion is always towards music, technical services, metadata, research, and technology, which I love and enjoy researching during my free time. I write classical music, enjoy nature, solitude, and reading books that question SELF! Self-exploration is truly a fascinating journey that cannot be put into words or understood with a finite mind! Music is also a kind of self-exploration that always keeps me grounded because, as a composer, I don’t know what I’m going to write next moment, how an idea would start, where it would lead to. This has taught me not to expect but to enjoy every moment, whatever that we do.

My favorite quote by Arthur Rubenstein, a famous 20th-century pianist,

“Nothing in art is the best; it is only different.”

This is very true and could be applied to life in general too. No country, no religion, or culture is superior or inferior, and what diversity can teach one is far more than one could learn in books. Diversity is the key to being open, loving, understanding, being kind, respectful, and accepting of what life has to offer. Time and time out, life has continually taught me that nothing is permanent in any given day, but we enjoy every moment with gratitude. Finally, I want to share a few words from my grandfather, who always says, gratitude is the key, and be thankful for everyone and everything! Life is beautiful when we are open!

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