Reflective Statements

Semester Reflection

First semester done. There’s half of first year gone in a blink of an eye (Hey, a build a world idea…?). Before I started the course, I already knew this is what I wanted to do for a living; creating the entertainment I grew up consuming. I wasn’t very keen on the idea of teamwork, and usually preferred to work alone but this Al-qaeda based terrorist cell of a classroom has me loving every Osama in the room; this course is ‘the bomb’. Before I joined this course if you’d asked me to do coursework from 1pm to 2am the following morning I’d have pointed you towards the nearest cliff, but now I’m doing work that I love doing and I welcome all-nighters with a warm embrace.

The build a world project has been a great experience, allowing me to work with people I might not have talked to otherwise. The projects are all amazing to develop idea generation and really get you to explore every nook and cranny of an idea. My only regret is that I didn’t do more! More creatures, more paintings, more studies, more everything! I got so lost in the whimsy of the course and making new friends that I got distracted from the amazing opportunity of coursework we were presented. I feel like I’ve really developed as an artist in my short time on the course thus far and learned so much. Even the lecturers are such great fun to talk with about anything, whether it be an idea for a project or just a thought in your head. It’s great to have such qualified people to steer you in the right direction, and it’s so much more enriching when you take a dander in that direction.

One recurring thought I keep having as I go further in to the course is how lucky I’ve been to have all the circumstances fall in to place the way they have. I’m not one to believe in fate or any of that ‘destiny’ shit but there has been a very particular chain of events in my life that have allowed me to be doing this course and I don’t think I could have asked for a more perfect place to have fallen in to. My interest in nature and physics has made this build a world project a dream come true, and I regret not going ‘full ham’ on quite a few ideas. My most recent project (The Railroad Worm) is the way I should have been approaching every project from the beginning but instead of stewing in regret I’m throwing it in to a New Years resolution.

The lone criticism I have is that I know there are some people out there at the same level as me that were just pipped at getting on to the course, and it frustrates me when people don’t use the opportunity they were blessed with to be on this course; show up for classes and do their work. But I guess that’s unavoidable in most cases.

Thank you so much for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity; I intend on seizing it.