I remember always being told that having a mentor can be one of the best things you could do for yourself. Mentors can help open doors to opportunities or give you that push to achieve your goals. It can be hard to find them, but I think I’ve been blessed with several mentors in my life so far.
I’ve found mentors in employers, counselors and teachers/professors. At times it may seem unlikely but there are still people that truly care about their students and want to see them succeed. To this day I can still call my high school counselor for advice, she’s my go-to when I need someone to be straight up and not sugar coat. She doesn’t accept my laziness lol. The art director who gave me my first internship will always be in my life because of how much she has done for me. Then there’s the internship coordinator at my community college that got me an internship at a Smithsonian. I actually visited him yesterday and after about 4 years he still remembers my whole name and even bits about my life.
These people and others weren’t just mentors to me, they even became a part of my family. They were shoulders to cry on when I was unsure or ones I could grab a coffee with just to talk about life.
If you’re looking for a mentor, find someone you admire and just talk. Set up a time to get coffee or meet in their office. Counselors are great because it’s their job to help. It can be anyone that will genuinely help you succeed. Mentors came make such a difference if you need help to get to a goal or if you’re just unsure about what to do next.
Always be on the lookout, you may already know one.
Watching– All of my YouTube stories. Recently learned that one of my fav youtubers is pregnant again! Another one just got engaged too. I’ve just living vicariously through them.
Reading– The Girls by Emma Cline. It’s about how a girl gets sucked into a cult(?) because of her fascination with these carefree girls. I’m waiting for her to meet their leader and for some recklessness to begin.
Listening– Bad & Boujee by Migos. Donald Glover aka baby daddy thanked them for this song in his Golden Globes speech and he was absolutely right. It’s too catchy not to like.
Making– Trying to make sense of my plan for this year and how I’ll pursue my Master’s. Why is an education so hard to get in this country?!
Feeling– Sloppy and groggy. I’m still in my pajamas and I won’t get into productive mode until I look like a valuable person of society.
Planning– How to begin this Master’s journey. I have a meeting Friday to speak with someone about how I should start planning. I think my executive decision might be to take foundation classes at my community college then apply for the MFA with a certificate attached to it.
Loving– Having yet another three day weekend. I know it’s not good for my paycheck but it’s good for my mental health. There’s only so much one person can put up with entitled and privileged customers each day.
What are you up to today?
A few days ago I sat down and figured out my yearly and monthly goals which included me wanting to go back to school. I was hoping to go to my local community college to get an Associate’s in graphic design buuuuttttt…. it looks like this may not be my best option.
I filled out my FAFSA and saw that I was no longer eligible for the government Pell Grant, it’s obviously because I already received a degree but I was trying to be hopeful. So now that I see that I will be forced to seek out loans or hella scholarships, why settle for an Associate’s if I can just get my Master’s? It takes about 2 years which is the same amount of time for both degrees and of course whatever salary I do receive will be higher.
Then began my Google search of good GD programs in my area and I found a school/program that I thought would best fit me, but then another obstacle decided to punch me in my spirit. When you get a Master’s you can either get a MA or MFA in art programs. At the school I found there’s only an option of a MFA in art studio which includes graphic design. The issue is that MFAs are usually more difficult to get into if you have no experience in the medium you’re trying to study. Which is me (of course). I asked one of my old professors and he confirmed that I should probably have a solid foundation in GD before pursing a MFA.
Luckily for me, the same school is offering a certificate in Interactive Media Design that encompasses GD and web design. It’s open to people that are either in a job that involves that or you already have an art related degree (that’s me). It’s also totally doable online which may be good for me to be able to still work full time without having to go to class.
So my options are…
-apply to the certificate program now
-attend a few classes at my community college to get a foundation THEN apply for the MFA
-teach myself GD then apply to MFA
I kinda need to hurry up and choose because deadlines are coming up for applications and editing the FAFSA so…
WHAT DO I DO?!
I know you all are sick and tired of the whole “New Year, New Me” thing but… NEW YEAR NEW ME! Ever since December hit I’ve been thinking about how this time next year I will be in a better place financially, mentally, creatively etc.
Last year was definitely a rollercoaster as far as my opinion on my job, living situation, money and where I want to be in life. I went from a job I hated to a job that I actually like and I reached a savings goal that made me soo proud… despite me having to spend money instantly which made my savings go down.
My resolution for this year would be to be more creative. I’ve been so creatively stunted since college that I feel like it’s time to go back to doing what made me happy. So let’s get to these goals shall we?
~save another $1000
~go back to school
~develop a drawing style
~take more pictures
~begin graphic design journey
~put more into this blog
~send transcript to MC
~get a damn car wash
~get car maintenanced
I’ve already gotten a head start on my monthly goals because I already completed the FAFSA and sent my transcripts over. Fall is definitely 9 months from now but I can’t wait to start looking at classes again and figuring out my new schedule. I’ll most likely take about 3 classes a semester and group them into certain days so I can keep working. I got an oil change (and some other BS) that ended up costing me $280 but I’m glad that it’s running smoother and I get my new tires installed later this week.
Adulting is going well so far. What are your goals for the year?
2017 is finally here!! I hope you all had a fun and safe New Year’s Eve. May this new beginning bring you happiness and success.
B and I took a nap so we could be awake for the ball drop… cause we’re too old to stay up that late. If you need us we’ll be laying down nursing our hangovers.
Only three more days until 2017. Is this real? It went by so fast and yet I’m so happy to be over. There was so much death and destruction and it was almost too much to handle. There were a few amazing things to happen though, like going on the cruise with B and finding a new job.
Part of me wants to go out and bring in the new year at a bar or with friends but the other part just wants to have a cozy night in and get drunk together. Neither of us have to work on Sunday so we can nurse our hangovers without having to leave the house. Cozy night in is sounding better and better… unless Ri and Harry want to double date (how about it Ri?).
What are you doing to bring in the new year?
Merry Christmas everyone! Or happy holidays if you’re celebrating another awesome day today. I’m hanging out with the boys as B’s mom makes dinner. A lemon pound cake and lemon cake is on the way so I am READY.
I somehow made it through the holiday season at work and I’m exhausted. Customers are so disrespectful and demanding. Thank god it’s over.
What are you celebrating today?