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My First Few Weeks Of Grad School

I'm now rolling into my 4th full week of grad school! I've almost hit the month mark and I just can't believe it.


I had a meeting with my graduate advisor yesterday and we planned out my courses through November 2018, the end of my masters program. While in some ways that seems so far away, I'm realizing how fast this quarter is going by and realizing that next November will sneak up on me just as these last 4 weeks have.

I'm a futuristic person by nature so planning out my classes by quarter for the next year gives me peace of mind and satisfaction knowing that every thing is laid out for me. It's comforting to know what's coming up and what I need to prepare for. I'm a visionary so without some kind of plan written out I feel completely lost and overwhelmed.

While it felt nice to leave the meeting with everything planned out it's crazy to me that I'm thinking that far out, I'm only in my 4th week!!! So although I have been so cuaght up with what the future looks like I realized I needed to also live in the present and reflect back on a great first month of grad school.

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My first four weeks here really been a whirlwind. I feel like I've been living project by project, getting a quick sigh of relief after it's turned in and then diving head first into the next. The good news is that I really love my classes so while the projects are tons of work I'm willing to work so hard because I love the material I'm studying.

While it's definitely a different kind of pace than I had during undergrad, I felt prepared for the higher level classes. SCAD is also on a quarter system (unlike the traditional semester system) so the extremely fast pace classes are also attributed to the fact that their only 10 weeks long or should I say, short.

My undergrad was a pretty traditional liberal arts curriculum and while I loved my school I never really felt like I ever found a class or major that incorporated all of my interests into one. I ending up taking a variety of classes in different majors to touch on all my different interests. I took marketing classes in the business department, media classes in the communication department, fashion classes in the theater department, and graphic design classes in the art department. However, after only about a month in I feel like this program incorporates everything I'm interested in into one and is pushing me to learn new things about the industry every single day.

I really have no formal art background, besides the few graphic design classes I took during my undergrad so it's ironic to see how much I'm enjoying an art school. Being constantly surrounded by so many inspiring creatives and seeing amazing work covering the walls of the academic buildings inspires me so much to create my best work.

My professors are so knowledgeable and so willing to help. It's facinating to hear them talk about their expereinces in the fashion industry and it makes me that much more excited to create a career I love. I've been incresingly impressed by the resources, from the top notch companies coming to campus to recruit every single week or the industry leaders who are brought in to speak to the students.

All of this combined makes me truly look forward to the next 6 weeks of my quarter. I want to soak up the knowledge I'm learning in these classes before I look too far in advance and start worrying about next quarter!


And lastly...I can't talk about my new school without talking about Savannah! Although I've been here a little while now I still find myself snapping pictures of streets and eyeing a new beautiful house I go on a walk. The city is absolutely stunning and I don't know if I'll ever get over its beauty! I'm looking forward to exploring it some more and getting to know it even better.

It's been quite a ride so far and I can't wait to see the next twists and turns that await me.

Remember,

xoxo

Shannon


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