I have been attending City Tech for several semesters now and I have to say that it is always a different experience. Since I started college every semester a certain level of difficulty is always present. You can say it goes from beginner to professional. As for this past semester (Spring 2015) the challenges were there at a high level. Prior to the beginning of classes, my family and I adopted a puppy. I knew It was going to be a lot of work, but challenges are always welcome as I see it. My routine changes from before, which I would just include myself. Now I had to adjust time for my dog such as feeding, walking, playing and so on. As the semester progressed it felt as if I was a parent.

Aside from that going to work at the Faculty Commons office, and then going to work at my evening job my day was totally busy. More challenges arose as always just to add to the strain. Which resulted in me dropping a class for the first time. The class was Senior Project, I did not like the fact of me doing so at a certain time during the semester. It was a sacrifice in order for me to handle my priorities in school and out.

Spring 2015: Community Support

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

I had a difficult time this semester. I had multiple projects on my plate including classwork, freelance jobs, extracurricular projects, and client work at Faculty Commons. I will be graduating this June so I decided to take all the Senior classes–Senior Project, Internship, Portfolio, and 2 others. Half way through the semester, I found out that it was a big mistake because I couldn’t cope with the stress and I ended up dropping 2 of these classes. In the end, I learned 2 important lessons–say “no” when you need to and don’t be afraid to ask for help. I’d like to thank all my friends, especially those in the Faculty Commons Design Team. Professor Jordan and the design team students would constantly give me advice and feedback, and the mental support I needed (whether I decided to continue on with my Senior Project or to drop it).

This semester at Faculty Commons I had the opportunity to work with the English department to brand their courses, workshops, and their hallway displays. I was lucky to get the opportunity and freedom to be creative with the display case designs. So I went with paper art. All the projects before this one required the use of the computer, but this one didn’t. I was able to go hands-on. Cutting the script letters that I drew was probably the most challenging. Second was having to carry all the materials, go back and forth, and putting all the large paper up. I couldn’t have done it without physical assistance and mental support of my design team. All I had to do was just ask for help. Not only that, but I also found a new passion/hobby.


–Mandy Mei