First off, my apologies for the inactivity! But I promise to provide you with a legitimate reason for being inactive on dA!
So, this past year has been one with SO many big changes. Last fall I just started my first year of university studies! I am proud to say that I just finished my last exam yesterday and I have officially completed my first year!
I am in a engineering program (specializing in civil engineering), and for those of you who know what university is like, it is not an easy program! With almost 40 hours of school per week, and homework/studying on top of that, I have hardly been able to find time to be creative.
However, this summer I plan on taking lots of pictures and hopefully investing in some new camera equipment!
I've learned a lot of things this past year, that extend beyond the engineering concepts from class. Here are a few:
1. It is possible to be in a difficult program, without depending on coffee to stay up, and maintaining at least 8 hours of sleep a day. How do I know? Because I just proved it this year. No all-nighters, no coffee, no energy drinks. It just takes good work ethic and time management to ensure that you get enough sleep every night.
2. There will always be narrow-minded people everywhere you go. It's just a fact of life. I thought that by attending a globally recognized school with students from all around the world, the school would be filled with open minded people. There are some great people that I have great conversations with, and then there are the other not-so-great ones. I was very disappointed to find that the vast majority of students in engineering programs make fun of students in other programs, particularly in the arts, claiming that "they'll never get a job" or "arts degrees are useless". Personally, I value the arts just as much as I value other programs. We need to have a balance in this world; can you imagine a world completely FULL of engineers? No. Most would be jobless because we would have exceeded the demand for engineers, and there would be a greater demand for workers in other fields. Variety is key. Some narrow minded people just don't understand this.
3. It's important to socialize. Have some balance in life besides studying. I'm not saying that I follow this advice all the time, as I am quite a shy and somewhat antisocial person. I had a group of friends to hang out with during my first semester, and they were good people. I had a "friend group" so I didn't really interact with people outside this group. But second semester, I socialized more and came to find two wonderful people who I can relate more to (and we'll be roommates next year!). Not saying that my friends in first semester were bad, but they just weren't completely right for me. I'm glad to have found a supportive friend group who have similarities, differences, and overall bring out the best in me.
4. Be thankful. I cannot express how thankful I am for my mom who supported me from such a long distance when I was away. When you live with someone for so long, you kind of take them for granted. Never again will I ever take my mom's wonderful home cooking for granted!
Okay last off, I just want to thank the people who continue to watch me, leave comments, favourites, and llamas.
Thank you for the birthday wishes, journal features and cake badge! I will try my best to get some new photos up soon!