Since it’s been well over a year from leaving school, I thought it would be fun to write a summary of my thoughts around it.
- At first you’re not really going to understand a single thing, and you’re going to complain about it to your friends and future colleagues
- You’re going to put a lot of effort (sometimes entire nights) into projects that aren’t for someone else, but for yourself to learn and improve from
- When you start to see what other professionals working in the field do, you’re going to want to go waaaaay further than the school brief told you to
- Knowing a little bit about the other art and design disciplines go a long way, so go out of your own way to learn about them
- Critiques aren’t there to boost your ego. They’re there so you can understand what your work looks and sounds like from the perspective of someone else. This is critical.
- Your peers (future colleagues and acquaintances) are going to be your favourite kind of people
- When you leave, you’re going to wish you took more chances on yourself. But hey, you’re 22 and life has just begun.