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I’m going home tomorrow. Not home home, back to England again, to continue my studies. Am I happy? I’m so freaking excited. I’ve spent two weeks in my motherland and still my head was elsewhere. I will be doing my second year in Graphics and you know what, I can’t talk about it, even think about it without smiling. That’s how happy I am. While being here in Lithuania I held a few lectures in schools about studying abroad and Graphic Design, worked on a couple of projects, summer project for uni as well. It was strange but good at the sae time to tell students about life in England, but it often felt like they don’t really understand what it’s like to leave your comfort zone and start something new from the very beginning. I think some people have that American Dream in their heads which keeps them going. They think that as soon as they leave their country’s border they will be successful badasses. Is it really like that? You tell me. About three to four years ago my classmate asked me about my choice of studies and when he heard my idea of going to United Kingdom to study Arts he looked at me crazy and said that ‘if you want to get money from that you have to be very talented’. I didn’t reply to him, I felt like it was a waste of time to prove something to a person that is so close-minded and that lives on something that he heard or read somewhere, he was not talking from his own experience. And that’s what I told the students ‘Go and find out by yourselves. Don’t listen to other people’. Deep inside, I know that half of the students, maybe, not even that, won’t listen to me. And that was my plan, I just gave them my point of view, my own experience. And kids, if you go into Arts, be proud of what you are doing, trust yourself and your work. Don’t try to simply tick the boxes, make it stand out of the crowd.
As I have finished my first year of studies I can proudly tell that I feel like I’ve learnt a lot. I was lucky enough to have amazing tutors as well. Although, we had students that were not interested in Graphic Design, maybe Arts in general, but it only made me work harder. I just hope one day they will finally find themselves.
That’s all for now folks, Illustrator is waiting for me.