The Past Four Years
I had a wonderful time in the program. I hold myself to extremely high standards, and those were difficult to keep across 4 years in total. I learned a lot about animation, but I also learned a lot about how to interact with people in the industry. Thanks to my wonderful professors (and I mean each and every single one of them in the DIGM program 🙂 ) I had to overcome a lot of social anxiety that I had. I had to learn how to talk to EVERYONE. My peers and professionals alike. I learned how to properly critique, and fix my own work as well. It’s safe to say I learned a helluva lot.
I went from a very shy and anxious girl, to a pretty outgoing woman. I had a lot of social anxiety coming into Drexel which definitely made it difficult to communicate with my peers and professors. I normally kept to myself, and didn’t ask anyone for help or feedback. I got along well enough, but once I started to get over my fear of talking to people, I found that reaching out for help and crits was extremely helpful. Not only that, but I’ve formed some great bonds with people, and I’ll continue to talk to them after I graduate.
I don’t know if there was a particular class that shifted the way I loko at myself as a professional. For every single class I took, I treated it like it was a project in the industry. I never “phoned in” a final project and moved on. I always did my absolute best on each final. Thanks to that, I have a few nice pieces to put in my reel. I think the overall experience at Drexel has helped me prepare myself as a professional in the industry.