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The Biggest Lesson I Learned at College

Martin Castilla            No comments            Oct, 10

People often think that making a career out of a field that’s based more on creativity constitutes taking the easy way out somewhat, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. If you take a look at the credits system which is assigned to the modules as a standard, what that means is that you need to spend that many hours studying for that specific module in order to stand a chance of passing it.

So if something like Intro to Programming is indicated to have 12 credits, what that means is that (you should add a zero at the end) multiply it by 10 and then you’d get to 120 hours which need to be put into the course for you to gain an acceptable level of competence. It’s no easier in fields like Graphic Design and modules such as Design Basics and the likes. A lot of hard work needs to go into it and you can never just wing it or try to coast through it.

Anyway, although I ended up in the design field having first gone through an attempt to earn a degree in Engineering, it wasn’t because the initially chosen path was too difficult. No. The reason why I ended up in design is because one of the modules which formed part of the original Engineering course was design-based and it was the one I enjoyed the most, compelling me to take the leap and change careers.

Naturally my parents couldn’t have been more irritated at me for what I’m still sure was an act of following my heart, but hey, imagine if I’d been active now in the field of Engineering, miserable to the very core whereas I could be doing what I’m doing right now, which is working in a manner which fills my soul and my pocket.

I’m not suggesting that I’m rich in any way, so keep the creative projects coming if you have any. Don’t be shy…

Anyway, I learned a lot of things during my college years, one of which is how to be responsible for all your decisions and actions, while another was that there comes a point in your life when you can no longer hide behind anyone. You can no longer bury your head in the sand and count on someone like your mother or father to see you through a particular situation you find yourself in.

You’re the one who has to put in the hours at the study desk in order to gain adequate knowledge to pass your upcoming exam and you’re the one who has to budget properly if your pocket money is to see you through each month. “You’re going to have to learn to open your mouth and speak,” were the words of one of our orientation mentors and that’s some basic wisdom I’ve taken forward in all areas of my life.

It’s all about speaking to the right people though, such as how I wouldn’t hesitate to go to Khan Law Firm PLLC for a range of legal issues I might have to deal with.

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