So this Monday was my first day of classes, and today is the end of my week! The classes I am taking are; industrial design 3, where we look at a specific area and research it and try to find a solution; visual presentation 2, which is all drawing and assignments based on giving us a wider range of skills; industrial design thesis 1, which is a chosen topic that we have to research and then in the second term we get to design solutions; and research methods, which is all about researching deeply into a specific topic and identifying areas that are in need of new ideas.
So far I am absolutely loving it all!! The research heavy subjects may sometimes be a bit difficult for me, but I am still excited about them as they are all based on really interesting areas of design. I really enjoy visual presentation 2 as our tutor is pretty cool. He is a ‘don’t take shit from nobody’ type man who really really likes Star Wars and has the most wonderful potty mouth. I think it’s great when someone is so straight talking and honest about work. It will be very hard to hand in anything unless it is to a very good standard with this guy! So that’s pretty brilliant.
The way the classes are set out is also something I like, the homework is set in parts and means that we build our portfolio a bit at a time rather than sometime rushing it at the end. I don’t mind having assignments set and due in the same week, it keeps me pretty busy and entertained. Helps a lot that I enjoy the course!
Anyway on a less academic note, I found out today that rubber doesn’t mean eraser here in America… The way I found this out was pretty embarrassing. I also found out that driving whilst on the phone is technically illegal here, however people just do it anyway… Reassuring.
There was a bit of talk about celebrating my 21st! Someone suggested we all go line dancing, what a fabulously not-me thing to try! However I think maybe just a few nice bars would suffice. Though this is beer city USA, so most of the places are just full of beers and ales! There are so many breweries all over this place! It’s nice to have people coming up with ideas though.
I am looking forward to the weekend, the current KCAD industrial design students are holding a bonfire to welcome us UK students to the college! I am really happy that we will get to meet them all in a non-college environment. Though so far in college they have all been pretty cool!
I am hoping to get a job here at some point… There are lots of places hiring, I just have to get a special number first! But that shouldn’t be too hard. I would really like to go visit Chicago at some point too!
I still haven’t tried a Twinkie, someone described it to me today and I just don’t think I ever will.
Peace and love