Fast forward to post registration for the Spring 2013 semester. My advisor recommended that I start doubling up on the classes based on my schedule opening up more but I just couldn’t bring myself to register for more than one. I chose to register for Couture Design based off of my interest and that my advisor (and PD prof) is running the course. I figured Fashion and Art could wait, even though it is a requirement and only available in the Spring… because lately, I am starting to question if this program is what will ultimately help me reach my end goals. While in PD, a fellow evening student was telling us how she was accepted into the day program and how nothing from the evening classes would transfer down. She had to take a lot of her courses over again, though my professor was going to try to help her transfer pattern drafting. I began to think, if these courses that I am taking, that have recently been causing me stress, wouldn’t even go towards a bachelors degree, do I really want to be spending thousands of dollars on them? Or more importantly, valuable time on them when I could be cultivating my creativity differently?
Now I know what you’re thinking, you’re thinking “Amanda, you are learning about all the valuable things you want to learn about, right?” Well, yeah, I am. I am excited about Couture Design because I think it is something I will do well in and more importantly, enjoy the process of completing. The thought of taking a theory course, with no bearing on my life to complete a program that sadly, I am starting to think won’t help me compete with all those day students, is becoming less and less desirable. It’s not just the cost of the courses; it’s that if I am being completely honest with myself, the things I want to do and achieve really have no stipulations on whether I complete a fashion design program at an accredited university. It has to do with my end goals (which are still in the development stages) and the lessons that will help me reach those goals. For instance, I think that there are two more courses that have my name written all over them, Millenary (hat making) and some manor of textile design, preferably by hand as opposed to digital. These are tools that I want in my tool box… those are things I want to use as a foundation to create things that are beautiful and from me… the others? I don’t know if I need them or even want them. For now I am on to Couture Design and plan to make the most of it and will try to get a good grade. If I don’t? I am not going to stress because ultimately, what I am learning is only to help me creatively. There aren’t really grades on that.
Note: My goals have been ever developing. I used to think I wanted to work as a contract fashion designer at one the local companies (J. Jill, TJX, Puma etc) but now think I want to create my own business, handmade with love including, most recently, hats and veils. Both the man and the girls at lunch agree that I really need to hunker down and get my direction and goals in line.
Words of Wisdom anyone?