I recently completed my first semester of college, and I am now entering my second! I learned a lot about art, myself, and life from August to December, and I wanted to share some of those things with you today!

  1. Take critique with grace. This not only applies to your art, but also to your life. Not everyone is going to understand you or your art, but it’s important to listen to what others have to say. Genuinely consider your peer’s constructive criticism and use it to grow.
  2. Start projects with enough time and plan well. I learned I can’t just wing everything anymore. It’s important to plan out all the steps to complete your projects or goals and to give yourself enough time in case anything comes up.
  3. People are generally really great. Most people are willing to help, so ask for it.
  4. Take progress shots and notes as you go. Just in case you need to write a paper or two about your projects later on. They’re also good to look back on as you put together a portfolio.
  5. Learn to look at things differently and find the good in everything. You won’t understand everybody’s art and not everybody will understand yours. This also applies to life. Learn to look at everything a little differently and try to find the parts you like.

I’m so excited to be starting my second semester today! Wish me luck 😉

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Posted by:neatohollo

I'm Holly, an 18-year-old college student from the greater Cincinnati area. Cat mother, dog lover, artist, pastel enthusiast.

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