SO.. after being at BU for a year now, I was asked to give you (freshman) some advice. Here goes!
1- Don’t procrastinate. (I mean it. You’re end result will just disappoint you and you will not learn as much.)
2- Ask questions if you don’t understand something. (You most likely will not look stupid.)
3- Read the book and do the practice examples!
4- In fact, even after your class is over and during the summer, go back and do them again so you don’t forget.
5- How much you put into school and your classes is what you get out of it.
6- If you have a good idea, run with it! Don’t doubt yourself.
7- Be willing to take criticism and change your design even if you don’t think it is good at first. You’ll find out later it just might work better.
Good luck Freshman! We’re glad you’re at Belhaven!
I love how design can be so innovative. People come up with new ideas everyday. The possibilities are always endless. It’s so interesting how you can give a group of people all the same materials and assignment and all of them create a different and unique design. While “stumbling”, I found this site showing students ideas for the future. They were asked to predict how people will prepare and store food, wash clothes, and do dishes, etc.
As I am nearing the end of my first year at Belhaven, I am eagerly looking forward to my sophomore year. With all of my general education classes finished this semester, I will be able to take more art and graphic design classes.( SO much more interesting!) I will only have two worldview classes which will make my schedule much more enjoyable! It may be a little overwhelming with the workload, but it is easier for me to work on multiple projects at one time without having to worry about studying for Physics or New Testament. I came in to freshman year with almost twenty credits, so that has helped free up my schedule for lots more electives. I will continue to feed my love for dance by enjoying another dance class next semester and possibly getting involved with dance ministry. If I even have time to do all that is another matter… I am also anticipating having an international roommate! I am a little nervous, but I think it could be a really great way to reach out to another person, especially someone new to America! It may be a little challenging, but I hope that it will help the both of us to grow and hopefully result in a great friendship. This next year will have it’s own ups and downs, but I think it will be another great year to follow my first at Belhaven.
One of the best experiences I have had this past year as a freshman at Belhaven, was attending the Capital Gains conference in January. It was an extremely challenging experience. I was not quite sure what to expect when I walked in and received my schedule for the day. At first I was slightly disappointed that they had put me in a session that did not look like it would be as helpful to me as another. I remember making small talk with others around me wondering if they felt as anxious as I. After pouring myself a nice hot cup of free coffee, I walked into the first session and was positively surprised by how much I learned from the speaker. She spoke of networking and many different ways we can use that in our graphic design career—a concept I had always heard about, but not fully understood. I still do not understand it completely, but because of the information I learned in that session I am an on my way to mastering the concept! The conference challenged me to overcome my insecurities and to try and do better with social networking and overall designing. I still struggle with wondering if I will ever master the art, but then I have to remind myself to not give up and realize that this is my first year at Belhaven. I have time. God is control of my life and will help me grow. I know he as placed a passion for this art in me for a reason, and I have to keep trying and pushing forward towards my goals. We have to learn to trust Him to give us strength and courage to continue pursuing our dreams.
The Incredible super hero family is one of a kind. Although my rendition of them is a little different with an addition of a pet lizard/dragon to the family, I hope you find them entertaining. I put a lot of time into creating these characters to look the like the originals so, vote for my family if you like it!