Thursday, May 26, 2011

The Details

I've been told to spill the details about going back to school!! I feel like I've been thinking this out for ages, but I guess it has been a rather recent decision and I haven't really made it super public yet on here. You should know that I usually make my decisions more public when I'm not sure about them... maybe I'm hoping someone will talk me into it? So rest assured... you haven't heard much about this decision because I am sure about it and didn't want to jinx it. Sometimes talking about something too much psychs me out.

Anyway... so enough with the prologue. I'm starting the first year of a graphic design program this fall! As much I would love to move back to Portland tomorrow and live in the city that stole my heart, I decided it would be a smarter move to stay here for a few more years in my cheaper apartment with my decently-paying, boring job, and just take the course here at the local community college.

I'm super excited about my classes though! In the first term I'll be taking classes to learn Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator, and also a Design Composition class which starts teaching us the basics of design.

I can only hope I won't be the oldest one there, but even if I am, I know I've got a one-up on those 18-year-olds, because I know something they don't. I know who I am, and I know that college isn't just a place to party and skate by. College is a place to practice and learn your craft before you try to convince someone to pay you for it. I wish I'd known that when I was 18. But I know it now and I plan to use this time wisely.

I'm definitely looking forward to putting creativity front and center in my life. I've only dabbled in it here and there up until now. It's one of those things that doesn't seem like it should be very important. I should be striving for corporate greatness or whatever. Instead... I like art and color and light and seeing the beauty in things. It's time to stop fighting that tendency in me and embrace it. After all, God wouldn't have given me that desire if He didn't want me to use it. I'm excited to see where this all leads!

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