As many of you may know, last semester was my final one where I capped off the amazing LCAD experience with my final Capstone presentation. This also means that my time here as the LCAD Student Graphic Design blogger has come to an end. But of course, as the common maxim says, ‘when a door closes, another on opens.’ In this case, a new blogger steps through the door as I exit and I’m excited to say that my friend Renee will be my successor to the blog. You are really going to like her because she has a lot of great things to say about design and is not afraid to speak her mind, even on controversial topics. She does not candy coat anything. In fact, like many of us bitter designers, she likes her coffee black, design wise that is. I actually don’t know if she likes her coffee black, but I wouldn’t be surprised in the slightest if she does. So anyways, welcome Renee!
So before I leave in a teary-hot-mess, I want to leave you with some last words.
You’re gonna miss school once you’re out (trust me), so make every second there count. School is the time to learn and experiment with things that you know probably wouldn’t fly in the ‘real world’.
Make a ton of friends while you’re there. Those connections are going to be vital when you are out trying to find work and even just to have friends to hang out with. They will be your family and support when you need it.
Teachers are some of your biggest assets during and after school, don’t take them for granted. Compared to the schools I’ve been to, I’ve realized that LCAD’s teachers, and in my experience, teachers in the design department really want you to succeed and will go out of their way to help you.
Get an internship when you’re in school, a paid one even better. There are a lot of things to learn in an internship that you won’t in school.
One regret I have is that, I wish I had entered my student work in design contests. Even if I wasn’t going to win, I think it is a good litmus test to see how well you fare compared to others who have entered. That way you know what you’re going to be facing when you graduate.
The last thing I’ll leave you with is, pick your battles well. Know when to fight hard and when to walk away. Or in the case of school, know what assignments are worth more of your time then others. This is applicable to so many aspects of life, and not just school or design.
Can’t think of anything else to say so that’s it.
OK, gonna be a bit cheesy here so brace yourselves, I just want to thank you all for those who has made my time at LCAD a great one and for those who have read this blog, I’m forever grateful.
Kinda awkward realizing that I just wrote a commencement speech.
And I know you’re gonna miss me soooo much (lol), so here are some ways to keep a lil bit of Daniel in your life in a non-creepy way. Oh, creepy still? Whatever, I’m creepy:
Take care and good luck with your scholastic endeavors!