Going through the first week of class has made me nostalgic for a time when life was simple and understandable—i.e. a year ago before I started Foundation. Now that the U-Passes are active again and the whiteboards are already seeing the erasable ink of those smelly markers, I feel it is my duty to give advice (I know you probably don’t want it, but humor me) to this year’s victi-I mean, new class.
Now I’m not going to say much because I don’t want to spoil all the “fun” you’ll have by figuring it out for yourself, but I will say this…by the end of the year you will know: where the exposure compensation on your camera is, what the tip of a hot glue gun feels like, how “wicked” a problem can be, and what the Design Police are talking about (and 1 or 2 of you might actually think it’s funny).
But if there’s one thing I did that I am truly thankful for, was volunteering to help out. Seriously, it’s not the bestine vapors talking, I am actually glad I added more work to my life. You see, there is so much stuff going on at ID, and you will eventually benefit from activities provided by socialID, charretteID, the New Idiom, recruitID, DRC, and the list goes on. But the problem is these are run by the students, and the groups need your help.
But why would I want to add more work? you may ask. It’s not about the work, it’s about, and I really hate this word, networking. Being in Foundation is like a bubble. You stay in one room the entire semester and don’t get much of a chance to venture out. With the Second Year students being on a different floor, you will rarely run into them, and if you don’t go out of your way you will miss out on opportunities to meet everybody. In this school, you learn from your peers. You learn not only new techniques and methods, but the shortcuts the professors don’t want to show you. You learn what places are good to get lunch at, and how late nights of sketching go by quicker with a conversation with a Systems team and a late night 7-11 run.
So break out every so often, get involved, make some friends. Trust me, it’ll be worth it down the road. Now, I’ll quit preaching and leave you alone. Except for one more thing…I will say that the beer and wine selection at 7-11 is probably better than my local corner store. Just saying.