Until we were assigned the print version of our project, I had not opened InDesign since my high school days. That day, I spent hours experimenting with my layout. As I began to use the software more and more, I started to recall the variety of shortcuts and tools that I once used on a daily basis. As the deadline approached for our final draft, I quickly became panicked in realization that I would not be able to achieve the level of perfection that I so desired for my final product. This is one of the most valuable and monumental lessons that I have learned throughout my college career. Despite ones inherent desire to achieve the highest quality of product, you must accept that there are only so many hours in the day. I found myself having to accept the fact that although I was not entirely satisfied with my final product, I had spent immense effort through countless hours and days devoted to this project, which was something to be proud of in itself.
As the semester progressed as we experimented with the different Adobe programs, I started to find myself looking forward to spending my afternoons in the MRC, working on my latest project. When I was working on my projects in the MRC, nothing else really existed. I would start up the computer, put in my headphones, and tune out the outside world for a while. Before this, I never quite enjoyed “homework,” but never before was I provided with the means and tools to explore all the creative concepts I’ve been generating. It was upon this initial realization that I decided that this may be something I want to do as a professional career. I began researching and devoting additional time to figuring out exactly what kind of career/degree I would be interested in. Over the course of the recent months, I have found a particular passion in visual communications. I attended additional design courses at UNC and enrolled in a visual design course at the Durham Arts Council. I love these additonal courses, I find myself looking forward to them all week. They act almost as an escape from my daily stresses, while also teaching me many practical tools and resources which will provide useful to me for many years to come. Last month I scheduled an appointment with my guidance counselor, in interest of pursuing a visual communcation degree. The application is due January 1st, and I am hoping that this will become a reality for me.