What can I say, the last 8 months of my life have been filled with challenges, changes, achievements and experiences. 8 months ago from today I officially got accepted into University, and began my life as a Double Degree Design/Business student. Since I've met so many new people, had so many amazing experiences, including some challenges. Today is going to be a really LONG post because I got a lot to catch up on and some handy tips I want to pass on from my experiences.
Since starting my Bachelors Degree I have completed 4 units successfully and learnt so many new techniques. I feel my knowledge expanding with every lecture and class. One of my favourite units has been Typography; here I've gained so much valuable knowledge about type forms and its origins. I have yet to complete this unit but I don't want it to end! It's not often you can say that about a subject, and I often myself find it difficult to motivate myself. This subject has been one that I have not once lost motivation to achieve results and complete the work to a high degree. Typography is only a base unit/a first year subject however I still believe in producing work beyond that level as I enjoy it so much.
Sometimes the going gets tough at Uni, work piles up, I feel like I'm drowning in assignments and want to crawl up into a ball and ran away. However the time, effort and knowledge learnt has defiantly been worth it.
To many here what I call achievements may seem small however to me they are monuments. Myself as a designer, I feel I have grown and changed so much these past months and it's amazing to me to see the differences in my work from only a year ago. I never thought I could learn so much in such a sort period of time, when I put my mind to it. I remember back to 2012 when I first began my design path in High School. Many people kept telling me I needed inspirations, to be able to draw and be highly creative. I can understand now that all that comes with time and what one person says is not the be all and end all of design. I still to this day believe I can't draw however I know it's not about what you think, it's whats being asked of you. If you can produce high quality work in a timely manner, your skills with pen, paper and computer programs mean nothing.
SCHOOL LEAVERS ADVICE:
For those of you in Australia we all know the stresses of the last 2 years of schools whether it's VCE or HSC, your working towards that goal of getting into Uni and getting a good job. We all once upon a time were in that final exam at the end of high school so nervous for the future, or maybe you're currently in High School and you're worried. For those currently in your last years of High School my main bit of advice is just have FUN! Don't let the teachers get to you, don't stress over that essay you have to write, it's going to be okay. We all make mistakes, at times it feels like a giant monster living in the pit of your stomach, and life is ending. High Schools ATARs, scores and final marks are NOT the end of your future, there are so many pathways and sometimes you will be surprised by the results.
When I was in year 12 I was fortunate in that I had a very supportive set of family and friends around me and they didn't mind what I did with my final year (provided I passed). I finished the year feeling confident and not because I did well, it was because I didn't care what score I got. I knew no matter what the results, I tried as much as I humanly could without sending myself into a spiralling depression. My final score was less than impressive, I didn't have a high enough score to get into the University I wanted HOWEVER fast forward 2 months and they still accepted me because I proved I had tried my best and produced work at the level of someone who got beyond high marks. Not going to lie I cried a fair bit that day because I was genuinely not expecting it.
For 3 years my teachers had been telling me if you don't get a high score, your dream university is only a dream but it's always good to have goals. They told the students scores mean everything to getting a good job and setting your future. Personally I believe the last years of schools are a test of stress levels rather than genuine talent and dedicated workers.
The mark/final score/ATAR is only number, it does not define you! Be yourself, prove yourself and stay confident!
I think that's the end of my little advice session/chat up post for the night, thank you for taking the time to visit my page. Don't forget to drop a favourite on my work and leave a comment! Signing Off...