Hi guys! I’m sorry I missed out on last week with posting on the blog. I was so incredibly busy with schoolwork (which I’ll get into further details below), but it’s a bit more relaxed and more eventful this week. This week, I’m going to talk about my school / art update and my trip to NYC yesterday!
When school rolls around, I get very lethargic when it comes to doing anything else but school and work. It sounds really depressing but I just don’t have that much energy left to go or do anything else?? Can anyone relate?!
I guess because I knew I had an appointment in the city, I had enough energy for that. My classmate was going to accompany me yesterday but her coworker couldn’t cover her shift so she had to back out. Despite that, I really wanted to go back to one of my favorite stores there, and I ultimately had fun walking around by myself. Before we talk more about the city though, let’s talk about school.
I’m pretty much halfway over with my first semester, woo-hoo! I’ve been enjoying my time back in school, and in two weeks, it’ll actually be time to register for the Spring semester.
Adobe Illustrator Class
In my previous post talking about going back to school, I had complained about a certain class in which the teacher said he was freaking winging things. Just to reiterate, this class was about learning one of the most important programs that a Graphic Designer should know, Adobe Illustrator.
We spent about three or four weeks in total, doing nothing but using the pen tool. There’s about 25 different tools in this program (just an estimate, I didn’t actually count). In a 15 week semester, the teacher uses about a fifth of the semester to learn one tool. Just why. I don’t want to say I know more than the professor but I’m fairly certain Graphic Designers don’t even heavily rely on this tool. I certainly barely used it when I studied Graphic Design in high school for four years.
Anyway, on the bright side, we’ve sort of moved on with just focusing on that one tool and are now proceeding to make other things like full figures, logos, and now letterheads / business cards. I actually asked the professor if we were going to learn about typography (the study of type) and make logos, so I think that’s why we finally moved on.
2-D Design Class
This class still remains one of my favorite classes. As you may have seen on Instagram, I posted about one of my painting assignments there. I’m happy to say that I’m consistently scoring high marks for my assignments.
My most recent finished assignment was about painting two different things – one man-made, and one naturally occurring, that were either similar in shape / form or two words that were homonyms or homophones. We had to paint these two pictures in black, white, and use lots of gradients. Some of my classmates decided to use stuff like “hair” and “hare”, “loaf” and “loafer”, and others like me used similar forms. I settled for spaghetti and meatballs and snakes.
My current assignment is using gradient to paint different shapes with a light source. I’m not done with it yet so I didn’t take a picture, but let me tell you – it’s tough and it’s taking me ages to finish!
HTML and Web Design class is my other favorite class, of which we just finished our midterm. I scored like a 94.5% so I’m fairly satisfied. What’s due next is our practical exam in which we basically have a week to code certain pages of a website with specific directions. It’s pretty fun and satisfying to code it and troubleshoot to make sure everything works properly.
My Saturday Trip to NYC
As I posted on Instagram yesterday, I went back to the city because of my lasering appointment. Can you believe it was already my third appointment?! I’m set to go for six sessions so I’m halfway done.
SEV Laser Update
As I’m officially halfway done with my lasering, I can definitely say I have seen awesome results. SEV Laser has been really great, from the receptionist to the girls working with the laser. From my first session, I actually already started seeing results. After the first session, I noticed some empty patches and that my hair growth was slower. I shaved a week after I got lasered but after that, I remember the next time I shaved was not until maybe two weeks later.
After my second session, the hair growth slowed even more and I basically didn’t shave the entire four weeks until my next appointment. IT WAS AWESOME! Maybe a week before my third session (yesterday), my hair was definitely growing back but they grew back super thin. I asked Gabby, the girl who I saw yesterday, if this was normal. To my understanding, I should basically be almost completely hair-free, so why was I seeing this?
She explained to me it was normal and is basically a part of the changes you’ll see before becoming hair-free. Phew! I’m looking forward to seeing if the fine hairs still grow back after being lasered for a third time. Stay tuned!
Visiting Kinokuniya … Again!
Kinokuniya is one of my favorite stores to visit in the city. I went there with Katie, I took Victor to Kinokuniya, and I went back by myself after going to SEV. I went there specifically to see if there were cute stickers I could buy to design my BUJO.
Their stationary floor was filled with SO MANY kawaii (or cute) stuff, I wanted to buy them all. I displayed self control and got just one sticker pack … as well as two cute stud earrings, a Totoro keychain, a cat charm, and a Pentel permanent brush marker for outlining my drawings. 😂
Changing Things Up and Keeping Things Interesting
What’s great about Kinokuniya is that they change their inventory up so every time I go, there’s always new additions to the stationary or their manga floor. Even their little cafeteria area on the third floor, Cafe Zaiya, changes up their menu a bit, which definitely helps encourage people to come back.
They had sesame and green tea ice cream, but every time I bought a cold drink or dessert there, I’d always get incredibly cold in the store that it’s hard to shop some more. I opted for a Mochaccino this time, and it didn’t disappoint. They have great pre-made food bentos there, like pork or chicken katsu, chicken katsu curry, eel bowl, beef bowl, salmon and curry, and more. I couldn’t leave that place without buying some chicken katsu curry and beef bowls to bring for school for the following week. Sorry, no mouth-watering food pictures!
I wish I could’ve stayed a little longer but I had to catch my bus. I guess it’s also good in a way that I left early because I probably would’ve bought more keychains and stickers.
Well, that’s it for my adventures! Hopefully there will be more exciting events to talk about in the life of this college student.
Until next time! ♡