Advice for 317!

Hey everyone! Welcome to your first graphic design major class! This course will be definitely one of your toughest classes, but all of the time and effort you put into it will be well worth it!

I’m going to list some things that I have learned throughout the semester that will hopefully help you throughout your time in this class!

  1. TIME MANAGEMENT – This may be a given, but when I say START EARLY I’m not kidding. If you want to create your best work, you will need to use a lot of your free time to work on projects since they all have so many tedious aspects to them. If you wait until the last minute there’s no way that you’ll have enough time to create something you’re proud of and will want to show off. Also DO NOT put off revisions because if you do, come portfolio time you will be super overwhelmed with everything that needs to be completed.
  2. OFFICE HOURS – I did not take advantage of office hours or meetings with Professor Strong as early as I should have. She wants to help you!!!!! Meeting with her is extremely important because it is an individualized environment where you can ask her literally anything. Her feedback and suggestions are SUPER helpful when working on redos!!!
  3. PRACTICE PUBLIC SPEAKING – I know it’s hard for some of you to get up there and talk about your own work, because I am definitely one of those people. This being said, it’s a super important part of being a graphics major! Rehearsing before hand and really engaging the audience while presenting is something that will really help you in the future! If you have a hard time presenting like I do, notecards can really help you make sure you don’t forget anything you want to say. Also, Professor Strong and your classmates want to hear what you have to say so try to keep that in mind if you tend to get nervous! We are all in the same boat!

I hope this will help you get a gist of really important things beforehand, so you can really enjoy your semester and be proud of the work you create!!!

I wish you the best of luck in the beginning of your career as a graphic design major!



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