The TalkShop Revelation: Differences and Similarities

Juan Paolo N. Nacar
University Student 5th Year
Masters of Science in Management


If there’s one thing I’d like to commend about Talkshop, it’s the personality assessment that transpires before commencing with your chosen program (in my case, I chose creative writing). As someone who is meticulous about the personality traits, I appreciate that they take this matter seriously. I believe that aside from helping the person discover more about himself, it allows the institution to cluster their students in such a way that a strong chemistry will be established quickly among the students. And apparently, Talkshop was able to accomplish this feat.

Based on the test, Ms. Sheila Viescacomplimented me as one of the “big-picture thinkers” who is adept at connecting various ideas to form a creative outcome. She then told me that having enrolled in a creative writing class, I should expect to be classmates with like-minded people. This heightened my excitement because I am considerably picky with the people I associate with. Personality traits and interests are of utmost importance to me when getting to know the person for the first time. So when I come across someone whom I don’t see eye to eye with in terms of such, I normally lose interest in befriending him.

But as the class progressed, I gradually became aware that despite all of us being imaginative and to some extent, eccentric, we are still different from one another. Caloy, for example, is as passionate as I am in music. However, he is more inclined in Jazz and I am more fascinated with hip-hop. Martin and Luis, the ones I talk to mostly about comic books and superheroes, have their distinct interests as well. I do not share their interests in anime and sketching. And in turn, they are not as fond of reading novels as I am. James, the person I converse with regarding existential contemplation, invests a chunk of his time playing video games while I myself do not.

To my surprise, realizing our differences did not discourage me to continue being friends with them. Rather, it made our conversations within and outside the classroom more interesting. Brainstorming sessions before the actual writing were nothing short of substantial and entertaining. This is probably because all of us have one common-denominator: being out of the ordinary. I believe this to be shared amongst people who are in pursuit of a career grounded on creative expression – be it art, music or authorship.

My interest in creative writing, as well as other means of creative expression, has been heighted by my experience in Talkshop. Being surrounded by creative minds, plus the multi-layered discussions with our different points of view as its foundation, are two factors that evolved my degree of interest in this specific field.

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Sheila Viesca, TalkShop CEO and Director of Communication finished her bachelor degree in Literature, masters in Entrepreneurship, and doctorate in Applied Cosmic Anthropology. She designed the Philippines' Language Competency Benchmark for the Department of Education and pioneered Integrated Language Teaching (ILT) in workshop designs and corporate communication training. You can follow her on Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, LinkedIN, and Google+


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