I knew that university was never going to be easy. I think I'd be pretty silly if I thought uni would be a walk in the park.
University is hard. And each degree is going to be challenging in their own way.
Studying design is difficult. Studying interior design is more difficult than I ever imagined. When I say I'm studying interior design, really I should be saying interior architect. I have never had to pick out which cushions go with the curtains in a room or select which photo frames should go on the tallboy which I've selected to work within a bedroom design. I've had to sort through fabric samples for a project once but really that's it. If you want to know how carpet is actually made, then yeah I know that!
I've had to design student accommodation, a kitchen and restaurant, pieces of furniture, and now currently I'm in the process of "Reinvigorating Albert Hall" so it can house conferences, musical and performing arts performances, markets, dances and the list goes on! We essentially do what the architects do but on the inside.
There is no right and wrong. Well no, there is a wrong especially when structural stuff is concerned because no one wants their building to fall down. It's just like with visual arts, you can create the most amazing work of art but if the people marking your work don't like it, your grades will feel it. It's not like maths where 2+2=4, which sucks when you've invested so much time only for it to be torn to shreds.
The most annoying thing I have found since being at university, is when you say you're studying interior design and people just assume you're all about paint samples and cushions. Sure it doesn't seem as hard as law or medicine, but don't just assume we're doing interior decoration. Also when people say "but anyone can design a building!!' yes but is your building going to be able to stand up? Will it be to standard? Chances are no. Just like I could easily be a lawyer. But do I know all the laws and fiddly bits that lawyers need to know about? No I don't.
I love interior design. And design in general. Studying interior design has allowed me to go and studying visual arts and I have found a new love for textiles and print making! But university is hard. It has it's ups but it also has it's downs.
I have around a month until my assignments are due and it's going to be a stressful situation but I will get there! If things get a little quiet on here, it'll be thanks to my assignments!
Until next time, keep smiling :) Em xx
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