5 Things All Art Related Majors Can Relate To

5 Things All Art Related Majors Can Relate To

When in doubt, just say everything is relative.
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Art and design is creation, and it's such a wonderful thing at that. However, that doesn't go to say that their aren't some not so wonderful aspects as well. With challenging projects and seemingly outrageous deadlines it goes to question why anybody would choose this path. How could the benefits ever outweigh the strains? Well even though the gig can sometimes be rough there is nothing more beautiful than taking ideas and turning them in to a visual and/or tangible reality.

So, if you yourself are an art related major here are just a few things I think you can relate to, and if you have a friend or roommate who is one the following, this will help you understand why we are always tired and never present in the real world.

1. Studio is life

When you're an art related major, studio culture is something you can't avoid. Two to four hour studio classes, two to three days a week, countless projects, critiques, and general hangout time, it seems the only logical place you could find an art related major is in the studio. Sometimes work is getting done, and other times not so much. There never seems to be a dull moment from breakdowns to jam sessions to laughter and work. Even though at times it feels like paying for a dorm room is a waste and the long work never seems to end, there is no denying the fact that studio life is a good life.The memories and friends made in studio are ones made to last.

2. Process is key

Think about the process. Invest in the process. Keep processing. The concept of design process is one that is heavily embedded into our brains. Countless journals full of notes, sketches, and ideas overflow desks and shelves. On the outside looking in, documenting the design process doesn't seem like a big deal, but it is. For one design pages and pages of process are recorded, and are the result of hours and hours of thought. No design is complete without a thoroughly invested process, if you ever hope to get a good mark.

3. Craft is just as important process

Nothing makes a piece more complete than when it has great craft. Good craft draws your eyes into the piece, and makes the whole thing look cohesive. Even if you're design is not perfectly successful, having good craft shows that you cared enough about your piece to make it look good, and that's what counts. Why would anyone take the time to look at and care for your work, if you the artist didn't do so yourself. Art is about intentional work, and being intentional about how you craft your work is vital to it's success in all aspects of art. No one wants to be the designer with the last minute, thrown together design during critique.

4. Late nights will always be a thing

Every art related student has pulled at least one all-nighter, and not to mention countless late nights, till three or two in the morning, in the studio or dorm. It's either do to procrastination, a busy schedule or a meticulous process/design. It's times like these when internal crying kicks in and you start to question why you decided to pursue said major. Then when you finally finish, you head back to your dorm to find your none art related major roommate(s) sleeping peacefully, and before you know it the sun comes up and another long day begins. Cheers.

5. Getting a professor's clear opinion is next to impossible

Art professors are notorious for answering questions with questions. Say you're working on a piece for your current assignment, and as they walk by your desk you ask for their opinion. The most common response you'll receive is "Well, what do you think?". Essentially they're are just trying to stimulate you to solve and analyze problems on your own, but what it really feels like is annoying. You've asked them a question for their opinion and then they switch it around on you, but now you're thinking "I don't know what I think, I need you to tell me!" To anyone on the outside looking in it seems kind of ridiculous, but to any art student they know how frustrating this exchange can be at times.

Cheers to being an art kid for life!

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5 Perks Of Having A Long-Distance Best Friend

The best kind of long-distance relationship.
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Sometimes, people get annoyed when girls refer to multiple people as their "best friend," but they don't understand. We have different types of best friends. There's the going out together best friend, the see each other everyday best friend and the constant, low maintenance best friend.

While I'm lucky enough to have two out of the three at the same school as me, my "low maintenance" best friend goes to college six hours from Baton Rouge.

This type of friend is special because no matter how long you go without talking or seeing each other, you're always insanely close. Even though I miss her daily, having a long-distance best friend has its perks. Here are just a few of them...

1. Getting to see each other is a special event.

Sometimes when you see someone all the time, you take that person and their friendship for granted. When you don't get to see one of your favorite people very often, the times when you're together are truly appreciated.

2. You always have someone to give unbiased advice.

This person knows you best, but they probably don't know the people you're telling them about, so they can give you better advice than anyone else.

3. You always have someone to text and FaceTime.

While there may be hundreds of miles between you, they're also just a phone call away. You know they'll always be there for you even when they can't physically be there.

4. You can plan fun trips to visit each other.

When you can visit each other, you get to meet the people you've heard so much about and experience all the places they love. You get to have your own college experience and, sometimes, theirs, too.

5. You know they will always be a part of your life.

If you can survive going to school in different states, you've both proven that your friendship will last forever. You both care enough to make time for the other in the midst of exams, social events, and homework.

The long-distance best friend is a forever friend. While I wish I could see mine more, I wouldn't trade her for anything.

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10 Study Habits You Should Never Break

Tips and tricks to surviving finals and midterms.

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It's starting to become that time of year again - wrapping up the semester and preparing for the dreaded week of finals and mid-terms. I couldn't be more excited to be done with high school. But finals stink. I luckily don't have many classes that are going to require taking a test, mine are mostly projects.

All throughout high school, I had really struggled with testing and study habits. I didn't know how to study and therefore continued to do poorly because of my study habits or lack of. It was not until my junior year in high school, I had found my way of studying and it has worked for me for every test since. I color coat everything and write things down a million times. It is time-consuming but it is worth it in the end. You just have to find what works with you and stick with it. Here are some tips and tricks to hopefully help you with your study habits. I wish I had someone to tell me these things when I was struggling at the start of high school.

1. Time management

Don't be silly and study the night before the test and expect to do well. Some people can actually do this but I am a person who has to work their tail off for what kind of grades I receive so studying the night before a test would result in me not doing well. But it is different for everyone. What I typically do is if I know the test date ahead of time, I write it down in my planner and then as we learn something I add it to a notecard so as we go on with a unit I remember what we have learned in the start of the unit. I typically study a week prior to the test.

2. Find a study space

I like when my environment is completely quiet, I find it hard for me to focus when I am surrounded by noise. I usually study in my room or somewhere where no one is at

3. Choose a style of studying you like

I am a freak when it comes to studying. I am a very visual person. I will read the chapters in the book, highlight the important stuff, take notes and color coat them, highlight them. Draw diagrams or pictures if needed. And sometimes write small important things a couple of times. Yes, it's time-consuming but it has gotten me to not fail my test. With more unvisual classes like math, I write a notecard of all the formulas and buttons I will need for that unit. I do all of this as we go through each unit. I also use Quizlet to help me remember vocabulary words.

4. Actually do the study guides or Quizlets, they help

I complete the study guides a couple of times. Sounds crazy but it helps me memorize stuff so much better. There are tons of resources out on the internet, use them. Quizlet, Books online etc can all be valuable resources, just got to know what is available. Sometimes my friends will make a Quizlet and we will have the same class and I will use her Quizlet. Why make what's already made for you?

5. Write things out

I love technology and all but I think some of us have gotten away from writing things actually down on a notebook. Believe it or not, it has been proven that physically writing things out helps you memorize things better. I use a notebook for class and color coat my own notes. I also use flashcards for vocab words and color coat them as well. As you can tell I love color coating.

6. Have a study buddy

Personally I study better alone but when I do study with groups we bounce ideas off each other to get a better understanding of the material. It again depends on how you like to study.

7. Eliminate distractions

I used to have a problem with getting distracted from being on my phone and then I'd realize I just wasted 30 minutes scrolling through Instagram when I could have been studying. So turn your phone off or put it where you can't see it because it really does shorten your time of studying without being on it.

8. Use memory games (pneumonic devices) 

This helps me so much! When I am working on a test I always remember pneumonic devices before anything else.

9. Take your time

Don't rush through the material, you'll get it eventually. If you don't know it, highlight it and come back. Also if you have already mastered and memorized a topic, don't keep studying that study the things you don't know and haven't mastered.

10.  Find what works best for you!

You have to find out what works for you and what doesn't. Your study habits are completely unique to you. If something works for you, continue to do that.

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