With every artistic career we start climbing a cliff when we begin our education.
We climb higher and higher each quarter, trying not to look down at the space between us and the ground. Money, time, and a ton of energy is invested in this difficult hike and the payoff is not seen right away. Along the way we lose a few; they look down and let fear lead them back down the cliff to a more grounded, stable environment. They might always wonder what it might have been like if they kept climbing- would they ever achieve their lifelong dream from a comfortable spot?
No matter what academic year you've just completed, it's time to congratulate yourself. Every year the journey at SCAD gets more difficult; our schedules are jam packed with jobs, projects, and extracurriculars. We lose sleep, sanity, and sometimes social lives in order to gain success in our careers. And as much as you'd like to retreat to safer grounds, you haven't.
This year was my most challenging year yet. Fall brought its challenges with moving into a new, (horribly disgusting) apartment and adjusting to a new living situation. My best friend left in fall, only to come back in winter stronger and more radiant than ever before. I went into winter break unable to relax because I was too anxious about the workload of the next quarter. Winter quarter brought 10 all nighters, ridiculous anxiety, and multiple breakdowns- but it also showed me what I was capable of handling. Spring quarter I took on two big jobs, volunteered for the fashion show, and did full time school. I managed to get that 4.0 all year round because I set my mind to doing nothing less than my best no matter what. I couldn't let the stress and the endless to-do lists stop me.
Regardless, we all have our stories. We all have barriers that prevent us from being at 100% all the time. This school tries to break you down to prove your strength; we are prepared for deeper waters and higher cliffs. The industry we've chosen is anything but easy, but it's what we absolutely live for. Completing my Sophomore year means I've made it halfway up the cliff. I've climbed up without looking down and I'm halfway to my destination. I'm not going to let the height scare me. I'm not going to jump, I'm not going to worry, I'm going to keep going until I get what I want out of the journey.