I don’t think it has quite hit me yet that uni is over, completely, written off, all done, with zilch left to do. And I’m an emotional mess. Looking back at over past three years and realising it’s been amazing, I think from leaving school and starting the college course at Hugh Baird with Andy and Shirley, my confidence as a person and a designer dramatically grew. I couldn’t of ask for better tutors. They have been my mentors and now my friends for the past 5-6 years. I then gained another tutor in uni, Paxman and he is absolutely brilliant too. I couldn’t be more proud to say they taught me everything I know and made my question myself more than once, maybe to the point of crying. (that only happened once… or twice) I met some amazing people who I now call best friends and I don’t think I could imagine my life without them. Its so sad to know that I won’t be returning back in September and expecting another brief, to open another sketchbook and to start researching. I feel like I am not ready to leave, I want to carry on learning and growing but now it’s up to me and everyone else who is graduating next month to learn that we got to do it on our own now. This is what the past three years have been about, self-development and independence. It’s scary and exciting and I will definitely be keeping in touch with everyone. From the trips to light evening stays doing work, it’s been amazing. I am very envious of the people who still have time left there, I hope they enjoy and appreciate the help they receive from the lecturers.
The show was something else, it was packed. The turn up was great. I had all my family and friends around me and felt honoured that they shared the same experience when I received my awards. I received Best in show and an achievement of excellence award. I cried, which I said I wasn’t going to do, but I couldn’t help it. I have never felt so proud and truly appreciated by my tutors and peers. I think the tipping point was when Jennie turned to me and told me ‘You deserve it’. It left the biggest lump in my throat. I only leave Graphic Arts with amazing and heart-wrenching memories that I will never forget. I hope to see everyone very soon.
Here are some snaps from the show. Enjoy, I know I have.
P.s Most of the photos I was crying on so ignore the ‘wet’ look on my face. It was a very emotional moment.