CT&D #75. Graduate School: Reflection on Goals

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An excerpt from my own past experience: 

Having entered the Digital Media program just 9 months and 30 credits ago, I had a few set goals on my mind that I wanted to accomplish that I either didn’t get to do or didn’t finish in my undergraduate program. Academically, I knew I had it in myself to further my education in hopes of acquiring new and valuable skills in fields concerning art and design. Naturally as a graphic design major, I was looking to explore video and sound editing so that I could find a career that I personally would love to call my job. This led into my next goal:

Profession. Even though I loved math and science and at one point studied engineering before switching to graphic design, I was knew that the day would possibly come where I had toseriously think on whether or not I would passionately love the work I would do post-graduation. Fortunately for me it came in the middle of my undergraduate studies. 2 years later, I had a degree, but not without the challenges in finding work immediately. Furthermore, I knew that at some point, graphic designers would be limited in their work; on the contrary, I strongly felt that producers in digital media would be creatively unlimited in brainstorming and executing ideas. After all, the sky’s the limit. This of course segues into my final goal:

Personal. This one’s the hardest to write about because I feel that this area has been and still is the weakest aspect of myself and of my journey since I began my college career 5 years ago. Entering graduate school, I hoped to meet new faces and create new bonds. I admit, I’m not a people’s person but I do enjoy and prefer company and friendship. Nonetheless, I partially blame this failure on commuting back and forth from college and my disappointment with the social/cultural makeup of the student body. I like to be around outgoing people — people who also have things in common with me; this especially is what I counted on in befriending someone who I could use as a partner in my future endeavors or more importantly, a best friend.

Conclusively, these goals haven’t changed or evolved. I will always look to work on them even as I look to doing a doctorate degree in the near future elsewhere and move on to a full- time career, should I be lucky to secure one by May (or prior). When I applied to the digital media program at Northeastern CPS, I immediately chose the digital video concentration. There was no question about it. Regarding my biggest strength, without hesitation I can say it is video editing. It comes naturally to me: the look and feel for cutting around segments and adding effects; it helps that my interest in editing came from high school. Now, having experienced through actual editing classes, my skills have only been expanded and refined — exactly what I wanted gain from the program.

To a lesser extent, some of which came as a surprise, some of my other courses have taught me more about how to be more hands-on and creative (the digital storytelling, screenwriting and web boot camp courses specifically). These are the most important things I’ve learned, aside from video and sound editing (which I considered my areas/targets of interest) and without a doubt, I expect to apply these essentials in a professional job. Those courses allowed me to record voiceover in-studio, publish websites and push the limits of what I thought I had in telling a complex, multilayered story.

Finally, to wrap up, as I look to doing my thesis beginning January 2017, I do anticipate some challenges. Namely, is the fact that I never directed actors or interviewees before. I do not have a problem with experiencing this but if anything, if I want to start somewhere why not then? One other thing would be refining and painstakingly putting my thesis as best as I can. I am a perfectionist; this will undoubtedly lead me into possible burnout should I not plan accordingly for shooting, screenwriting, editing, etc. Ultimately, my two goals that I hope my thesis project will accomplish is that one, I need a career that should demonstrate my skills needed to get hired and two, I need a justifiable reason for why I want to pursue my education to the highest tier.

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