I am ridiculously thrilled about the fact that I have finally graduated ArtCenter. I say finally because so many times I considered not finishing. This seems to be common in design school because its less about the diploma and more about the portfolio in job searching. But I couldn’t help that I wanted that piece of paper and therefore the bragging rights that I completed one of the hardest design school programs in the world and survived. Might I add, I graduated while pregnant, working full time, in heels, and hardly anyone at school knew I was busy growing a baby while making my portfolio until 2 weeks before graduation. This gave me a huge sense of accomplishment and I knew that i was ready for the “real world” now.
I remember different announcements and speakers discussing the impending “Monday After Graduation” dilemma. The fearful question of “What now?”. The realization that there were no more homework assignments to sweat over. No more two hours commutes to school. But to be honest, the Monday was easy! I went berry picking with my favorite little people and family in town. I watched these kids ride ponies and feed baby goats and laugh so carefree. (And yes I totally partook in feeding the little baby goats!) They loved life and nothing could ruin their excitement. This is what I wanted to carry with me. I don’t want to go into this next transitional time with fear or concern about what is next but pure happy giggle fits about the opportunity right here and now!
So after a day of farm play and pool time on ridiculously huge floaties with Perrier in hand, it becomes Tuesday. It is time to send out resumes to everyone who sounds remotely interesting and begin the journey of seeing how I can use my talent and drive and giggle fits to keep creating and growing our world. And when tomorrow comes, it will be Wednesday. And then Thursday. And life goes on. And I will look at this week as the most important week of my career life. And now....time to find work that can compete with my usual schedule of homework assignments and crazy commuting.