Sunday, July 31, 2016

Learning in a New Environment

Before this summer when it came to my future, I can safely say I was pretty lost. For three years I had been an illustration major. You could find me sitting in an uncomfortable chair slaving away over an artwork for an imaginary client. Second semester of my Junior year I switched gears and entered the Print program. Once I came closer to the summer, I knew I wanted another new experience. Smith Memorial did just that and more.

Smith Memorial helped funnel my whirlwind of ideas down into something a little more tangible. Here's what I've learned from my experience and the goals that formed from it.

1. I don't have to be working with art for me to be happy: As my college years progressed it was becoming clear that I may not want to do a strictly artistic profession. This realization came with an amount of guilt because I love creating. But working with Smith helped put this deep feeling into a clearer view. I didn't have to be constantly creating to be "creative".

2. I want to work for a non-profit: I stated this in my previous post. But as the weeks progress the idea feels more and more right. I truly want to be of some purpose on this earth. I recently received advice that I will never forget. I asked about how I could impact the world and make a difference. The reply was not to think you can fix everything because you will only end up disappointed. But to create a goal that you can realistically do. Working for a non-profit is my first step on that path.

3. Keep trying new things: Both my bosses stressed the importance of exploring the world around you. Their statements on this subject I won't forget. I have been striving this year to push myself out of my comfort zones. I believe it is the only way you can truly learn and become a better person. So I will continue to try new jobs and situations.

4. I will continue to surround myself with inspiring people: The mostly female staff at Smith were all wonderful people. It is rare that I would be enamored with so many people at once. Each woman held her own sense of strength. The community they had formed out of trust in each other is truly inspiring. I want such an environment for myself when it comes to work.

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