School didn’t teach us about owning what we do. Rather, it put us through a process of following a specific set of guidelines so that we can keep on moving to the next step up. It didn’t teach us how to take pride in our projects, or how to use our interests towards our craft, and that’s okay.
Maybe our romanticized idea of a designer meant wearing fancy clothes, having a well curated living space, being able to talk about kerning, knowing all the Adobe shortcuts, or eating fancy meals all the time.
Maybe all the schooling didn’t equate to the outcome.
We don’t have to force ourselves to fit the label, as long as we can find one that fits us instead.