Another 4 years come and gone.
3 weeks until my undergraduate degree is complete. The fastest 4 years of my life. This city and this program has opened my eyes to look at the world in a whole different way. For real.
Going from a high school experience that ended on such a high, creating lifelong friendships and memories. Where I was extremely involved in sports, community and events.
To living in an extremely fast paced city, and enrolled in a high pressure artistic program at a uniquely diverse University. Living in residence around the corner from Yonge and Dundas Square, pulling all nighters to paint the colour wheel and running off to life drawing class.
Let’s be honest I have no idea how I got into the program, I hadn’t taken a fine art style course since Grade 8. I compiled a makeshift portfolio within 4 days and submitted it 25mins before the deadline. Thanks to my Auntie Sue, all I knew was how to sew with a domestic machine.
In my time in Fashion Communication I have illustrated a children’s book with watercolours, designed a mobile closet inventory app and photographed a mock Levi’s advertising campaign. Its been a wild ride to say the least.
What has been the most important things I’ve learned?
- How lucky I am to be able to study and learn new things everyday
- The opportunities that come from being open to other people’s beliefs and ideas
- That the Adobe Creative Suite costs an arm and a leg
- Curiosity and kindness goes a long way
- And the astronomical impact that the clothing we wear has on our lives
I am definitely looking forward to a break from all nighters, printing costs and individual critiques, however I am forever grateful for my experience at Ryerson. At the end of this era, I hope to find the beginning of everything. Here’s to the open road, an endless battle of where to go and what to be.
Sending love and laughs always
xoxo – JO