In August 2018, I traveled to New York City and visited The New School. By the end of the month, I had transferred, registered for classes, and began studying Creative Writing full time.
When I consider how far I’ve come since withdrawing from UC Santa Barbara, I am blown away. It took a lot of courage and trust in my own process to be true to myself and grow more comfortable with the unknown.
During my freshman year of college, I knew I wanted to transfer to The New School. While at UCSB I completed a Certificate in Fashion Industry Essentials through Parson’s and loved the classes so much. Once I was home, I immersed myself in my work at museums and art galleries, I made new friends, and I started to take classes at UC San Diego where I completed my Certificate in Children’s Book Writing this year. When I had the opportunity to visit The New School, I instantly knew that this program would be perfect for me.
As I reflect on this past two semesters, I feel so much gratitude for the faith I have had in myself and for the endless support from my family, friends, professors, and peers.
Today I am sharing a few lessons I have learned during my junior year.
#1: Register for classes early.
#2: It is always better to register for an extra class in case a course gets cancelled or turns out to be something different than what you had anticipated.
#3: Take chances and register for classes that you wouldn’t normally think of taking. This year I took “End of Art” which was an Art History class focusing on a theory that art ended when Andy Warhol’s Brillo Box’s were created. I never would have signed up for this class based on the course title, so I am grateful that my academic advisor recommended it.
#4: It is important to accept opportunities to travel while in school. Fall semester was greatly enhanced by my unforgettable trip to London. While learning about Andy Warhol, I got to see his work at the Tate Modern. Plus, I got to pick up some new school supplies at the Muji Store on Oxford Street.
#5: Taking screenwriting classes completely changes the way you watch TV and film.
#6: Seek out interesting jobs or work experiences that may be available to you through school. I found out that UNiDAYS was looking for guest bloggers and after applying for the position I got to write a few posts for their platform.
If you’re interested in learning more about my college experience, be sure to check out these blogs posts below!! Happy summer everyone.
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