End of Semester Reflection

Working as a design intern at Faculty Commons has been a great experience.  It has been a great place to learn and also grow as a designer and professional.  I would say my greatest experiences here would be designing for various projects, however, I have equally had as much of a good time getting to know my co-workers hanging out in the FC office.  Or even being on the hunt for Pelf more recently as the holidays approach.

Working at FC has pushed me to try new things as a designer and test my boundaries.  Before starting at FC I barely touched Adobe Illustrator.  Yet a full semester into working at FC and my last three projects have all been done entirely on illustrator.

As for improvements.  I feel like I could always ask for more help and assistance.  Whether it be for someone to look over my emails before I send them or get someone to offer advice or look over a recent project.  A fresh set of eyes or a new opinion is always something that can help take your work in a stronger direction.  And there is definitely always room for improvement.

End of Semester Reflection

Now that your (semester/college career) is over what are some goals that you plan to work toward this summer?

Some goals that I want to set for myself is to improve my technical skills. I want to work more in programs like Illustrator and Photoshop. Indesign has been sort of my best friend my entire career and I would like to be able to branch out to the other Adobe programs. Therefore, over the winter break (and into the summer) I will be practicing my Illustrator and  Photoshop skills.

• Looking back at (this past semester/your time) at FC,

What is one of the best experiences you had working here?

One of the best experiences I had working here was working with WAC. I don’t have that many clients but I always look forward to speaking with the WAC Writing Fellows. I enjoy the creative freedom they give me with my designs and I also appreciate the fact that they are always looking for ways to get the message out about what they do.

What is one thing that could have been done to improve your experience working here?

Looking back now, and I know it wasn’t necessarily in my control, but one thing I would do to improve my experience is adjust my work schedule. As of now I have worked in the late afternoons to evenings, and on the later days of the week. I realize now that a lot of the work needs to get done by the beginning of the week, or sometimes the clients want to meet earlier than my work hours. I know I’m already taking morning classes next semester. Since I can’t really do anything about what times I work, I want to spread myself out more throughout the week so the clients can get what they need sooner.

End of the Semester Reflections

Hi Team!

Below are the questions we would like you to reflect on and answer. Also when publishing your post please remember to add the following categories to your post, End of the Semester ReflectionsFall 2018 and your name.

• Now that your (semester/college career) is over what are some goals that you plan to work toward this summer?

• Looking back at (this past semester/your time) at FC,

  1. What is one of the best experiences you had working here?
  2. What is one thing that could have been done to improve your experience working here?

• For those graduating, what words of encouragement or advice would you give to the upcoming designers at Faculty Commons?

Please have these answered by next week Wednesday, December 19th.

End of Semester Reflection

• Now that your (semester/college career) is over what are some goals that you plan to work toward this summer?

This summer I plan to relax, first and foremost. But when I’m not relaxing I will be looking for work, working my portfolio, and making some music.

• Looking back at (this past semester/your time) at FC,

  1. What is one of the best experiences you had working here?

The best experience I had working at FC was getting to work with such an amazing group of young designers. Their support and friendship gave me the confidence and drive to be a better designer, and I thank all of them for that.

  1. What is one thing that could have been done to improve your experience working here?

I really like the idea of having workshops to where we can share our skills with each other and also learn some new skills. I think one of these workshops should be held every semester.

• For those graduating, what words of encouragement or advice would you give to the upcoming designers at Faculty Commons?

My advice to our new interns is this: Never be afraid to try something new. Take this opportunity to grow yourself as a designer and help your fellow designers to grow as well. Each project should be a new challenge you set for yourself to move forward in your design. Learn how to paint, or code, or animate, or whatever just don’t ever get comfortable. You should always be figuring it out. This is your education. Take advantage of it.

End of Semester Reflection Spring 2018

Now that your (semester/college career) is over what are some goals that you plan to work toward this summer?

To keep myself busy and always have a project/goal to work towards. Prof. Eli mentioned that I should work more on my time management and that is what I plan to do, starting yesterday 😀 I’d also like to stop being so self critical and post more art on instagram/twitter.

Looking back at (this past semester/your time) at FC:

What is one of the best experiences you had working here?

Probably the longest project I worked was that of Amplify Works alongside Prof. Berger. We had meetings on and off either here in FC or in her office as we hashed out just exactly how she wanted the poster. The original design went through a slew of changes before we FINALLY hit upon the final design. That whole journey up until the end result is one of my best experiences here.

What is one thing that could have been done to improve your experience working here?

Do more outside study based on graphic design. I spend all my free time aiding myself in my illustration career but I also need to remember that I also do love graphic design and would like to improve much more in that department.

 

End Semester Reflection Sp18

• Now that your college career is over what are some goals that you plan to work toward this summer?
I definitely want to refine my portfolio and work on improving my social media presence for my work. In the process I will be looking to land a career job or possibly start freelancing for big projects.
• Looking back at your time at FC,

What is one of the best experiences you had working here?

I don’t know if I could choose 1, so I’ll choose 2. The first being when Professor Jordan, Mandy, and Arianna pushed me to go speak with the coordinator of BTTIP to see if there were any positions I could apply to after not making it through the first round of applicants. If it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t have ended up working at my other internship and gaining so much invaluable experience. The second would be being able to initiate animated pieces and challenging myself to learn a new program. Something that I will continue to improve on.

What is one thing that could have been done to improve your experience working here?

One thing I believe could be done that would improve the experience working at FC would be to do more activities/workshops similar to the Strand Meet & Greet and  Winter Workshop day. I believe these will benefit the designers greatly and in turn benefit the work they put out for their clients.

• For those graduating, what words of encouragement or advice would you give to the upcoming designers at Faculty Commons?
Challenge yourself to step out of your comfort zone when it comes to executing your ideas. I wouldn’t have thought I’d be using After Effects to create animated web banners and presentations, but I did and with the help and support of my team. Faculty Commons is meant to be a team that helps each other succeed. And if you happen to be the person who’s more knowledgeable on a subject whether it be keyboard shortcuts, file compression, program tools, etc. lend a helping hand to your team mate.

End of the Semester Reflections

Hi Team,

Below are the questions we would like you to reflect on and answer. Also when publishing your post please remember to add the following categories to your post, End of the Semester Reflections, Spring 2018 and your name.

• Now that your (semester/college career) is over what are some goals that you plan to work toward this summer?
• Looking back at (this past semester/your time) at FC,
  1. What is one of the best experiences you had working here?
  2. What is one thing that could have been done to improve your experience working here?
• For those graduating, what words of encouragement or advice would you give to the upcoming designers at Faculty Commons?