the title sounds like a first-day-of-school journal assignment. heh.
i figured it'd be good to have it down somewhere on something paper-like.
1. i want to push myself as a designer and explore. especially that type of exploration that cannot be done while in the working world.
2. through those explorations, better define if i have a specific area of interest and where my special interest and skill lies within the field.
3. to get my head (and body) back into the [insert field here] community. working for a small firm for so long has cut me off from the community and what is going on within it. i want to re-connect, or really, connect for the first time to not only happenings, but the people. in short, networking, but not the soul-sucking kind i've done for work these past years.
there are others, of course, but those are the main ones.
i've been having really good conversations with skims lately. yay for summer break and part-time work that has allowed both of us more time. we went through the same undergrad program, and she's currently in the program whose acceptance i did not accept. so thankful for friends that really get it. so thankful she's taking a similar path but always a step or two ahead, so she can dispense good wisdom and calm the anxious potato. totally providence.
oh, and a bonus reason--despite my disillusionment with the real working world part of our industry, despite knowing the payoffs (or lack thereof, especially quantitatively) of obtaining this particular degree, despite knowing the suffering i am about to go through, i just can't see myself doing anything else, work-wise. i don't mean this in a narrow-minded, i'm-too-scared-to-try-something else kind of way. i mean it in a i-actually-know-at-least-this-one-thing-about-myself-deep-down sort of way.