An angle in studying in Helsinki Design School

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I’m gonna tell you a little about how it is to study in Helsinki Design School. First a bit about it. It’s a private school and it’s situated in the centre of Helsinki. In school, you can study e.g. fashion design, interior design, photography and graphic design (the one I study right now) I’ve also studied photography there so my angle of the educations is from experience. We meet twice a month (Friday and Saturday) and we get two assignment that needs to be finished until the next meeting. The teachers give professional feedback. The grades are from 1 to 5. The education language is Finnish.

There are different angles to look at it. I’ve read online about how someone thinks the school doesn’t give you a real diploma. Another one is, people shouldn’t waste time and money studying there. Go to a real school, they say. Well, Helsinki Design School is real. Just because it’s a private school, it doesn’t mean it’s fake. Private schools in Finland is not that common so people think only local schools have real educations. But that’s where they are wrong. So it’s isn’t cheap to study there but there are much more expensive schools in the world. Besides, here the teachers are professionals in their own field. They know how it is in the design business. You get to go to places you wouldn’t usually go. The school is under a year but you get to learn a lot. It really depends on how you look at things. If you look for instant success, you’re in the wrong school. If you’re not looking for a long education or you’re not really sure what you want to be, then this school is good for you.

So far the graphic design education has been interesting. Even if some of the subjects are familiar (like the Adobe programs) I still have learned new things. I always got the assignment ready in time. I’ve expected the grades would be the lowest which is 1 but I haven’t. It just proves I’m not that bad after all. My goal is not getting a 5 because grades are only numbers. It’s the feedback that counts. It’s a big plus that I know how to use the tools so I’m not totally novice. If I was a beginner the assignments would probably be more difficult to do. We are about 40 students so the class is quite full. But you can always ask your classmates if you need help. It’s always nice to go to school when the subjects are interesting and the atmosphere in the classroom is great. I didn’t regret the photography course and I don’t regret this one either. If your hopes are too high, it can disappoint. During the course, we’re making a portfolio of our best work and we’re gonna present it in front of the class the second last day. This Friday and Saturday it’s time to wake up early again but it’s worth it. I’m actually really excited to go back and learn new things.

Every school has its downsides and Helsinki Design School is no exception. I know a few who didn’t get what they wanted from the photography course. Some even quit because it disappointed them so much. In some things, it did disappoint me but that’s not really the school’s fault. The course was quite new then and it had its downside. It didn’t help me get a job or contacts. Some employers don’t really appreciate people who studied at this school which is a shame since you really do learn how the industry works. What I did get from this school was working in a photo studio, old school photography and visiting an advertising agency. It also ensured me that photography is not something I want to do for a living after all. I don’t remember much about what I learned there though. Some have found success after they went to this school so maybe the school isn’t as useless as someone might think.

I don’t look for success. I applied because I wanted to add another skill to my resume. I’m not satisfied with only one skill. I’m the happiest when I can do different things. Versatility is the key and that’s the reason why I want to learn different things. Helsinki Design School is perfect for me. I don’t have time to study for years. The length of the education is long enough and I can do other things too. That’s why I applied for the internship I wrote about in an earlier post. (FYI, I did get an interview) It would be a great addition to this education. In school, you learn the basics but you learn the best in a real life situation. Every person needs the motivation to continue with things they like the best and this is mine.

Anticipate the future is the hardest thing

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Another new year is here. It’s 2019 and another opportunity to plan ahead. But to anticipate the future is the hardest thing. Don’t ask me what I do in 5 years because I don’t even know what I do next week. I can only wish things but they won’t become reality. Life should be full a surprises and not something you plan ahead. People make bucket lists or make new years resolutions. I don’t make neither of them. It’s a waste of time and they never come true anyway. I don’t hesitate with decisions. I just hate rushing things.

Having so many disappointments in life, you don’t expect much. You appreciate the things you got. People usually complain about things they don’t have. I don’t want to be one of those people who doesn’t see anything good in anything. I always try to see good things in everything. I didn’t plan my life to be in the state it is now. But the past is the past. I only want to look forward. I can look back at the past for a moment but then move on.

There is at least one thing to look forward to this year. A certain thing that really is going to happen. That is the graphic design course I’m on. It ends in June. There is still things to learn and things to do. One is a portfolio that we’ve gonna present in front of the class. I hope that goes well because I don’t like public speaking. I’m not as nervous about that as I was before. Of course, it’s easy to say it now. I can never anticipate how things like that will go. I know when I get there. I haven’t started planning the portfolio yet so I don’t know what I put in it. It’s not the first time I make a portfolio so there are no problems in that. The thing is what work to put in it. The other thing is what to tell about the assignments I’ve done. Finding what your strength is also difficult. The best thing about presenting your portfolio is straight feedback from the teacher. It’s a long way to the presentation day so no need to stress about it.

A year go bye

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No, there is no typo in the post title. It means a year is coming to an end and it’s time to say goodbye to 2018. As soon as Christmas is gone, the new year is around the corner. Today it’s winter solstice which means the days are getting lighter again. Good riddance most people say but I don’t mind the darkness. It only means you can walk outside without having to care how you look like. People don’t see your face and you don’t have to care about how your skin looks like. You could have a rash all over your face and no one would know. We got snow so it’s not so dark now. It snows now as we speak. It would be dull if there wouldn’t be snow on the ground at Christmas.

So what has the year 2018 given me? It didn’t start well. I didn’t get the job I went to a job interview for at the end of 2017. But it wasn’t right for me anyway. I probably never get a job interview again. Moving on.
I applied to a course about entrepreneurship in February but I didn’t get in the first time around. Luckily there was another one which I did get into. I wanted to do something and not sitting doing nothing. The course didn’t give me any results but it wasn’t disappointing either. I’m just not ready for entrepreneurship just yet. I’m still thinking about it but I’m waiting for a new year first and then we’ll see if I pick up the courage. Because let’s face it, being without a job is no fun.

I didn’t find any job to apply for so I decided to apply for education instead. That’s where Helsinki Design School and graphic design comes in. I got in the second time. One of the reasons were the assignments. I also wanted to learn more about graphic design. I’m really satisfied to be in this education. It’s a school I really like waking up early for. Even though it isn’t cheap but we only have to be in school twice a month. The problem is that you don’t get to know your classmate as closely as when you meet every day of the week. Unless you’re really social and make friends easily. The pros who educate us are really encouraging.

On a personal note. I found out I have 2 cousins from my father’s side. I always thought I had only one. We don’t keep in touch with relatives because they don’t keep in touch with us. I also got to meet my aunt who I hadn’t met in years for different reasons. If my mother would only be alive to know about all this. It’s nice to know I’m not completely alone.

So what have I really achieved this year that should be mentioned? Well, I haven’t had a soda all year. That should count for something. It started in January. It’s a month where you don’t drink alcohol for the whole month. Since I don’t drink it anyway, I did the same with soda. So no more Pepsi or Coca Cola. I wanted to test if I could resist temptation and I actually did. I haven’t had the need to drink soda at all. I think I’m gonna stick to this trend and my teeth will thank for it.

On blogging, I got new followers. I also got a domain to this blog. The Daily Post ended and this Ragtag Daily Prompt began. So that wraps my year. So how was yours?