I am both ready and excited to go into my second term of university. It feels crazy that I will soon have finished my first year and will be going into my second year at the end of this year. I wanted to take this time to reflect on my first term as well as take a look at some of the things I would like to work on and achieve in my second.
This first term has been an absolute rollercoaster. Going into my course I didn’t know what to expect, I wasn’t sure whether it would be similar to my visual arts diploma, whether it would be everything I hoped it would be and if I would actually enjoy it. Strangely the course is nothing like what I expected, and is a lot more interesting and creative than I had anticipated. A lot of the work we do isn’t new to me, in terms of writing blog posts, keeping a sketchbook and continuously reflecting on our work. But on the other hand there is so many things that are new to me that I am enjoying and that I am learning from.
This term has also taught me so much about myself as a person and how I work. I’ve always thought of myself to be someone who works great in a group, however group work has been one of my biggest struggles. In the end I decided to change what role I played in each group project to see which fitted me best. And so I have decided that in future group work. I will play more of an active part and be more vocal within group meetings to motivate and support my group, this will help us create work that reflects our true potential.
Towards the end of my first term I felt so overwhelmed and stressed, I allowed my work load to get the better of me and became so unorganised and this really put me down. Naturally I am an organised person and so I didn’t enjoy this time at all. I found myself struggling to balance everything that comes with being a uni student and so began to rush work and therefore stopped enjoying everything I loved at the start of my course. However I was able to learn from this experience and this has actually helped me set goals for this second term.
My goals going into the new term are:
1. Use my spare time between lectures and my seminars wisely.
2. Make more use of the library facilities, and keep a list of useful resources.
3. Use Wednesday’s to catch up on sketchbook work.
4. Really use my sketchbook to show my creative thinking and my thought process.
5. Stick to a bedtime routine. 9 hours sleep – no more and no less.
I feel that my first term was a warm up and now I’m ready to really challenge myself and push myself. I’m excited to better my skills and gain more knowledge into the fashion industry, and my chosen career path. I’m determined to really prove myself, and show what I can really do, not just to myself but my tutors also.