My last blog a month ago highlighted the start of what would be one of the best months of my life. I can reveal that I had been working at ITV for the two weeks I had been staying in London. It was an incredibly interesting insight in to how freelancers come together and how a studio is set up and works. Our Creative Director said how valuable our work was, and as a whole I feel a real sense of pride in myself for even being considered. When I spoke to my tutors they told me how proud they were and how there was a reason I was picked to go. This kind of encouragement is exactly what I’ve needed to hear. University is hard. University means pushing what you know and going above and beyond. In our field of Visual Communication, not having a right or wrong answer brings far more pressure to be outstanding. You have to strive to be thought-provoking, be able to execute design appropriately, and think so far out of the box you start finding other boxes that you can explore.
Questioning things is becoming second nature and it is allowing me to push for stronger results. I am hoping for a 2,1 overall for this first year, but really the quality and understanding of our end results has been what will make the difference in the end. A grade on a piece of paper will obviously fuel my ego, but if I wasn’t happy with the work I produced, I might as well have given up. There have obviously been times where I haven’t worked as hard as I should have, or I wasn’t thrilled with a piece of work, though I do believe that it sometimes takes a lot of self analysis and critique to really improve. That’s why I feel that as a course, we are all beginning to appreciate visiting tutors from the industry world coming in and telling us things aren’t up to scratch, yet it still amazes me that some people still choose to settle for ideas that they know aren’t strong. They choose the easiest route. Next year, I want to prove to myself that I will always try push boundaries and explore things that I am not used to or particular good at. I believe in constant self improvement and it’s important to always try to be a better version of yourself each day.
As a social aspect, University opened up an opportunity to meet anyone who I may cross paths with. From meeting people in pubs, on other courses, through friends, through the course itself, other creatives, industry specialists. It doesn’t seem like it will stop and it’s a great feeling. I have made some great friends this year, some of whom I have been lucky to live with, some I will be living with next year & the one I have fallen for.
I feel that University has made me not only appreciate good design more, but appreciate myself more. I have worked with one of the UK’s biggest TV Studios, I have received a 2,1 and a 1st in my first two terms, produced work I am proud of, climbed Slieve Binnian with some amazing people, met the most beautiful girl with the most incredible soul and have so many reasons to be happy with who I am. I know sometimes I have written blogs highlighting the lows, but reaching those highs is what life is about.
Do what makes you happy and surround yourself with the people who care about you.
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