With school winding down, I look back on my first year on campus and everything that’s occurred up till now. I go to SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design). I’m majoring in sequential art, with a minor in creative writing. I transferred to SCAD last year, where I started by studying as an E-Learning student. SCAD offers many of their classes online. Though I’ve found a few flaws with taking drawing classes online (lecture ones work just fine). Eventually I decided to live on campus in a dorm. At the start of last fall I became an on campus student.
Moving into my dorm was fun. I drove all the way from New York to Georgia, my van packed with books, electronics, and other items of necessity. Probably the most interesting item was my bike. I had put the bike onto the back of the trunk using a bike rack. Multiple times during the journey, the bike rack came halfway off while drive down to Georgia.
Finally I was settled in. I found myself living in a townhouse that was turned into a dorm. My two dorm mates, for some reason, vanished after the first two weeks. I left one Saturday morning, when I came back they were gone along with all their stuff. I ended up having the whole dorm to myself the whole rest of the semester.
I’m now living with one other person. School ends on June second. As things wind down, finals approaching, and assignments taking up more time, I find less time to relax. Yesterday and today I fortunately was able to get out and attended a panel SCAD’s sequential department was holding. They had gathered four editors from four of the more well known comic publishers to talk about the industry. They had originally come to do portfolio reviews for students who had work to show.
While I had no concrete work to show, I had been working on a few comic scripts and stories. One script I’m looking for someone to pencil for me. In addition, I’m spending a lot of time hunting for internships and some sort of writing job for the summer. All this, and making sure to keep on top of my homework. As you can see, school life is very busy even near the end of the semester.
In the I’ve had trouble making friends. In fact, before now I’ve had only one friend I could pick up the phone and call. As the semester ends, I can safely say my friendships have gone up quite significantly. This one group I’ve made friends with, I get together with almost every Thursday. We meet at the home of someone who lives off campus. There we eat, talk, and,just have fun.
One thing I’m looking forward to is the fall semester. When I return to SCAD in the fall, I get to take an advanced comic scripting class and writing for stage and screen class. I’m working harder in trying to achieve my goal of becoming a comic script writer. Another way I’m trying to achieve this is through internships. I’ve found a few internships that provide editorial experiences. If I can pass the interviews and get one of these internships then that would help further my goals. It was recently that I found out about the editor’s position and what he or she does. This opened another path for me to go down instead of just solely focusing on comic scripting. After all, the more options I make for myself career wise, the better.
With this, I’m preparing myself to go back home come June 2nd. It has been a busy and productive year, and I’m looking forward to next year as well.