I, along with at least 10,000 other Ohio State seniors, am nine months away from the real world. That means, that in nine short months (the time is takes to grow a child from scratch, to grow 4 inches of hair or, if you are me, the time it took to go from Learner’s Permit to actual License in the driving world) I will be an adult in the real world. Nine months. Nine months and I am accountable to someone or something other than myself and my parents. In nine months, I, along with all the other seniors, take on the world… and I am terrified.
I am terrified because I know what I want to do, but I also don’t. I am still a child in most aspects of my life; granted I can go to war, get married, drink in a bar (legally) and depending on the place, I can sometimes rent a car (can someone explain why it’s a minimum age limit of 25 at most places?),but I am not ready to be a contributing member to our country. Can’t I mooch off my parents forever? I don’t how to replace the wiper-blades on my car, let alone how to pay my taxes! How am I supposed to pay for car payments, a mortgage and my cellphone bill (especially with these new data rates)?!
I digress. I am currently smack-dab between the moment I found what I was good at and the day I get my diploma. Nine months ago I started using Photoshop; numerous twitter backgrounds, a website for Ohio State PRSSA, business cards, letterheads, logos and this blog later and I am in love. I am fast and quick, I see a concept in my head and I run with it. I have made logo for other student-run organizations as well (I designed the logo and graphics for Collegiate Consumption), all of which pro bono (yes, I regret this decision now). I love graphic work and I am a strong believer that graphics and images and logos tell half the story, after all you know who and what Coke, Pepsi, and Nike are just by looking at their logos.
So now I’m at a crossroads, where I know what I’m good at and I know that it will help me in my career and I love doing it and a road with writing and social media that I have not really explored to the same extent. So, while I love graphic work and I love, love, love to edit, I am at a standstill. I am no longer agreeing to the work, because if I need to work on the traditional side, then my fellow students should work on their graphic design.
Now, I am terrified because I fear that I am too visual communication heavy, and I fear that this might hurt me in the long run. So, if I have any advice for you it’s this:
Explore all aspects of your major, not just one side. You will feel more prepared when graduation is no longer this impending date in the far away future, but rather nine months (and counting) away.
Until next time…