One of the most significant pieces of advice that I will make myself learn to live by, is to see everyone as an opportunity to learn and grow as a designer and as a person. I’ve got a couple graphic design courses under my belt, and yet I am still racked with nervousness and harsh self-criticism.
My goal with the time that I have left at the University is to not only get better at design, but to grow gain confidence in myself. I’d like to push myself see everyone around me as an opportunity to learn and teach, instead of comparing and seeing myself as never good enough to do what I love and enjoy. Another thing that I found valuable is to not see a deadline as the finish line for my projects. This would be so much easier if I didn’t have to take other classes that don’t have the beginning prefixes of GRA. If it’s one thing that I’ve learned and come to realize, is that for one to be completely satisfied with one’s work is almost nearly impossible. Therefore, I plan to continue to improve my projects (both current and past) and reach a point where I am simply proud of my work.
I’m excited to go deeper into the art of design. I feel like I’ve barely scratched the surface of it. With all truth and honesty, I am surrounded by talented artists and professors who inspire and create wonderful stories and messages. In light of my nervousness, I am excited and have a feeling that I’m going to fall in love with design more and more.
Embrace the excitement, Victoria, and use the fear. : )