Final letter to self.

It is unbelievable to think that your first year of University is over – it only felt like yesterday you moved into your new home, met your new student ‘family’, your new course mates and began the degree. It’s safe to say it hasn’t been easy, there have been the good times and inevitably the bad times but it certainly has been an experience.

Although it felt like entering the unknown, you soon settled in. The university routine was welcomed greatly, and the new experiences were exciting. Each module brought new challenges, whilst lectures broadened your thoughts and workshops developed your skills. There were a number of aspects you wanted to challenge yourself with before the year began. Your work and composition of images has improved however there is still a way to go. You have discovered a number of new artists and their work to broaden your research and own ideas. Your confidence has also grown greatly when working with your class colleagues, any apprehensive feelings at the start of the year have soon decreased, getting to know such great people. You particularly wanted to improve your dark room skills and gain experience in the studio. Throughout the year, you had the chance to do both of these which you thoroughly enjoyed and can now take further in the future. One particular achievement of the year was your advantage module, in Adobe Photoshop CS6 where you managed to achieve a pleasing result, enough to secure the certificate – most definitely one of your proudest moments of the year – keep this up! Undoubtedly, there were the not so good moments, bad moments, seriously low moments. But you have pulled through, and your love for photography is still strong. All this is just the start of what you have before you in the next 2 years.

Next year brings the chance to carry on developing these skills and attributes which will go on to help you when you hit the real world. It’s important to hang on in there like you have done this year, but work as hard as you can push yourself. Exceed your usual limits, it’s time to stop holding back. You haven’t always been the most confident of people, but university has changed you and the person you are becoming. Your courage is growing and you have to fully get over the shy person you used to be in order to achieve the things you want to achieve. Take more opportunities and take problems in your stride. Make the most of what lies ahead. This year you have met some great people and will be able to cherish a number of great memories. You have made some great friends, with the hope to make many more. Your journey into a life of photography is well underway and hopefully continuing this degree will get you to where you want to be. The first year may be over, but this is just the beginning.

Vikki.

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~ by victoriasimkissphotography on May 27, 2013.

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