It's been over three months since I walked across the stage for my graduation and my diploma finally showed up at my doorstep today. It's funny how the timing of events happen sometimes... just yesterday I was planning on calling the university to ask when it would be arriving, seeing as though they told us it'd be about a month after our graduation. But regardless, it's finally here. Five years of hard work and dedication. It almost seems silly how proud I am of this piece of paper.
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Right after I graduated, I spent a while gathering my portfolio, résumé, and cover letter. Everything is basically done now and I’ve sent in applications to a few places. I’m hoping to hear back, but I’ve also been doing a lot of research of other companies in my area as well as places like Chicago, New York, California, etc. It’s a lot to take in. I haven’t ever pictured myself moving to a big city straight out of college. I figured I would spend quite a bit of time gathering myself in my home state and see where it takes me. At a certain point, the ideal option is just that… the ideal. I need to stop focusing on what might be perfect for me and start thinking about what else could be. It’s a big jump and it’s a lot to take in. I have no idea what the cost of living in some of these places is, not to mention I don’t have family anywhere but in the southeast. That’s what the internet is for… research. There hasn’t been a time in my life where I’ve been away from my family like I would be if a company in a city like that were to take interest in me.
I’d like to think that I have a lot to offer a company. I’m not a cocky person, but I know that I am a strong candidate. I’m just ready for the opportunity to prove it. That’s all I need… the opportunity.
So I can finally say that I finished my semester strong. It was a lot of hard work and dedication, but I did my best and it has all worked out. I’m finishing college with a 3.493 GPA and I couldn’t be prouder of myself. I’m very excited about the next part of my life. Currently, I’m preparing my portfolio, finishing my resume, and getting ready to apply for my dream jobs. I already know where I’d like to work and hopefully everything works out so that I can accomplish that goal.
As for now, I’m officially a University of South Carolina graduate with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Graphic Design, a minor in Art History and photography So that’s where I’m at now. And here’s to hoping for a bright future ahead.
Without frequent updates, you lose track of what’s going on in people’s lives. In all honesty, my life has been crazy lately and I haven’t had much extra time to update everyone on what’s going on… so here’s my update:
The last semester of my college career is quickly wrapping up and my final projects are in motion. I can say that I’m extremely proud of all of them. I haven’t posted them online yet, but that time will come soon. I’m simply trying to catch up on everything at the moment. My website should be launched within the next week. There are three projects left in my last semester. I will be applying for my dream jobs in the next month. Etc etc.
For my internship I’ve done a lot of work during my internship that isn’t 100% design, but rather social networking, blogging, web, etc. However, as far as the designs go I’ve mostly been working on rebranding a few companies. In the future, you’ll be seeing my rebrands for Sub Station II (a sandwich shop which now has over 40 locations), Safe Life Senior (a personal emergency response services company which was previously known as Pilot Club), and The Protocol School of Washington (a global leader in business etiquette and international protocol training). I am waiting for final decisions on which logos they have chosen before I post them anywhere.
Graduation is just over a month away. I will be applying for jobs in the upstate. I have one company that I’m shooting for, but I will be keeping my options open until something comes along.
A word of advice to all those who have been stressing lately: remove yourself from social networking. Remove Facebook from your phone. Remove Twitter. Remove Tumblr. Just stop. Breathe. Enjoy the fresh air. Enjoy the people around you. Stop looking at the phone in your hand. It’s distracting and takes away from everything around you. That’s what I’ve done recently. I plan to continue it also.
There are ups and downs in everyone’s lives. Things happen which make you question if what you’re doing is right. Things happen which makes you wonder whether or not you should pick a different path. We all know that life changes. Mine has changed drastically just in the last month. Don’t get me wrong… that’s not a complaint. Change can be good. It all depends on your outlook.
Life moves on and I’m ready for the ride to continue.
I’m using this as my design inspiration blog. I’ll post things that spark my interest, recent work that I’ve done, and works in progress.
I guess I should give some kind of introduction as to who I am. I’m a current student of the University of South Carolina. I’m majoring in Art Studio with an emphasis in Graphic Design as well as double minoring in Art History and Photography. The lightbulb went off after my first year in college that I wanted to be a designer. I always dabbled in the Adobe applications for fun as a kid, but never really thought that I could make a living off of it. Even more recently, I became the Vice President of the AIGA South Carolina Student Group.
While finishing up my final year in college, I’m also working part time at an up-and-coming marketing firm as a design intern. Both experiences have greatly pushed my limits and have helped me to improve myself as a designer. I like to keep active in the field and I’m excited to continue learning as much as I can… especially in this field where everything changes constantly. It’s a never-ending influx of design wonderment and I’m thrilled to be a part of it.