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Things I want to accomplish before I graduate

Things I want to accomplish before I graduate

I am graduating a year early and it can’t happen soon enough. Though I do realize how short of time that is to complete what I want to. The first thing I need to do before I graduate is make a portfolio. Because I’ve only […]

I NEED TO GET OUT!

I NEED TO GET OUT!

$35,000 Thirty-five-thousand dollars. That is the cost of going to Columbia College Chicago for one year. $35,000 × 3 = $105,000 One hundred and five-thousand dollars. That is how much it will cost to get my degree at Columbia. Luckily I went to University of […]

Finding a Balance: My Love Hate Relationship with College

Finding a Balance: My Love Hate Relationship with College

Finding a balance between school work and making my own art has been something I’ve been really struggling with. Which is unfortunate considering art school has opened my eyes to so many new art forms.

Since starting Columbia I have been spending a majority of my time doing school work rather than working on anything for myself. For course work I find myself conforming to the constraints of professors and the requirements for assignments, rather than producing work that reflects who I want to be as an artist.

Even though I feel like school work has put a pause on pursuing personal projects it has also inspired me to look into different forms of art and taught me new techniques. I have been really inspired to start making short videos after my video editing class and take more pictures after being in a digital camera course. Being in these classes and surrounded by creative peers only motivates me to create more art.

Regardless, I feel that I need to set aside more time for myself to foster my creativity and pursue new interests.

3 Keys to Productivity

3 Keys to Productivity

Being productive is something many people struggle with, myself being one of them. I personally get distracted very easily and find it hard to concentrate on simple tasks. Throughout the years though I have always completed my work on time and found ways in the […]

Minor Decisions

Minor Decisions

Choosing a major was difficult for me, as was choosing a minor. As mentioned in a previous blog choosing what I wanted to study was not the easiest process for me. You can see a little more about this in one of my earlier posts, […]

Same School, New City

Same School, New City

This is my second year attending school in the lovely city of Chicago. Last year I started my college career at University of Illinois — Chicago, I was undecided and taking general education courses to discover something I liked. All my general classes were very interesting and I enjoyed them all. I took classes on urban sustainability, religion, disability, music, and other miscellaneous topics. It wasn’t until my integrated art class that something just clicked and I realized that I wanted to pursue art. After my first class I decided to enroll into a graphic design class.

I ended up really liking the class and could imagine myself going into design as a career. I looked into continuing design at UIC, but I found out that I would have to complete a total of 5 years of schooling to obtain a bachelor’s degree.  I decided to search else where.  My cousin attended Savannah College of Art and Design, so I considered applying there. Eventually however I decided that I couldn’t leave the city, so I applied to Columbia. In hindsight it was a pretty impulsive decision,  I had only taken one art course. I hadn’t even taken any in high school, though I have always been interested in photography and video making.  Soon after I applied I found out I was accepted.

I have now been at Columbia for four months and so far I have really enjoyed my time here!  I was very tentative at the beginning, because it seems like everyone here knows exactly what they want to be doing and has far more experience than me. The longer I am here though, the more I realize that transferring was the right choice. I truly am happier here and love what I am studying. Even though I am not positive of what career path I want to follow, I feel like being at Columbia will help lead me down the right one!