These past few years have been spent with my head down plugging away in my program. All nighter after all nighter, countless weekends spent in studio and hours working on projects refining my skills. I’ve enjoyed the time being pushed by my professors, my creative peers and my dreams that seemed far on the horizon.
I’ve finally come up for air to realize that graduation is on the horizon. My parents called me today to discuss my graduation party and the budget for it. That’s how close this is to completion.
For so long it was too far away with so much work to do to get there. I couldn’t even imagine what finishing would look like and what it would look like after I finish.
Instead I have been building up my necessary skills to advance in the program, creating my portfolio, applying for and getting into studio, starting Junior studio and then moving over the hall to Senior studio to work on thesis. Now here I am, with thesis completion and graduation slowly creeping up on me.
With this realization, it’s time to self-reflect and make sure my next steps align with all the hard work I’ve been pushing towards these last few years.
Pausing and finding time to ask questions that make sure you are striving in the right direction is important, especially when you've found yourself nearing an end of a chapter to start a new one.
Here are the questions that I’m asking myself to make sure I am moving in the right direction post-graduation.
This program has grown and stretched me in countless ways and I’m eager to see what is to come post-graduation.
Now my challenge for you is to pause, reflect and re-evaluate your goals and make sure you are pressing towards them in a realistic fashion. It’s a great exercise, especially when you’re plugging away at something with no reference as to where you are going next.