On your marks for a false start

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Posted by: Creative Times on May 20, 2011 08:26

Week 6: Will Manchester Met D&AD final year studentKristina Chapleo get an extension on her deadline or not? And how much sleep does a young designer really need anyway?

On Monday, D&AD students will be submitting their third year projects and crossing all limbs in the hope that they will achieve their desired grades. Wednesday will bring with it a sigh of relief as Journals are handed in.

Unfortunately, this is not the case for me. After my recent bad luck, resulting in the loss of my course work, I will have all limbs crossed in the hope that I will be awarded a three-week extension.

“The complex system for assessing exceptional circumstances has proven to be rather stress inducing in itself.”

The complex system for assessing exceptional circumstances has proven to be rather stress inducing in itself. The results of the panel are only disclosed eight days after the actual deadline, leaving just 13 days until the extended deadline, should it be awarded.

So, as a precaution, I find myself preparing myself for a preliminary deadline for which I am nowhere near ready. It’s a strange and frustrating situation to be in.

On a lighter note, it is my birthday tomorrow [Saturday] and I can guarantee it will be a very late night. However, this will not be for any of the right reasons. D&AD students across Manchester will be burning the midnight oil in preparation for Monday.

Urban legend states that it takes five days without sleep for the human mind to show signs of insanity, so one weekend can’t be all that bad can it? From then on there will only be the degree show on the minds of my fellow students.

The title of the D&AD show is On Your Marks. Hopefully, it won’t be too much of a race to get it finished in time.

You can follow the progress of the D&AD Degree Show on Twitter @onyourmarks2011

More from Krissie:
Week 1: To design or not to design
Week 2: Want to be a designer? Just do it
Week 3: Status update: pure panic
Week 4: Reasons to be cheerful about design theft
Week 5: No sleep till graduation

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