Status update: pure panic

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Posted by: Creative Times on April 29, 2011 11:49

Week 3: When not working or panicking, final year Manchester Met Design & Art Direction student Kristina Chapleo has been busy having a shared experience on Facebook. As her degree show gets ever closer, she discovers that this is just the start, rather than end, of a life consumed by deadlines.

This last week has seen the Facebook statuses of my creative friends saturated with updates on the progress of their university work. As our deadlines draw ever closer, most have expressed exasperation, tiredness and pure panic.

In the midst of all this trauma, the one thing that has dominated friends thoughts the most is the dreaded Journal. A diary of self-reflection on everything from projects and lectures to external events and books worth noting, the anxiety it provokes is a genuine shared experience among creative students.

This week has also seen the release of our graduation tickets – at shocking prices – and the booking of gowns and photography packages.

The talk is of journals eating people alive and of the potential murder of inanimate objects due to the immense frustration that writing it creates. Now I enjoy writing, but it can be a heavy burden for those who see it as a restriction, rather than extension, of their creative talent. After all, they say, what’s the point of writing all this stuff about things you’ve already done when you could be getting on with something new instead?

If only the fantastic minds behind Apple software could develop a program that notes down our every thoughts – then our journals would be done in no time. They’re probably working on it as you read this.

This week has also seen the release of our graduation tickets – at shocking prices – and the booking of gowns and photography packages.

The thought of grasping my degree certificate with a new-found sense of freedom three months from now is both exciting and terrifying. I will be able to enjoy a social life that will no longer revolve around discussions of pending deadlines, and to be quite honest I have forgotten how that feels.

Of course I will then be consumed with attempting to find appropriate employment, so my life can again revolve around, er, pending deadlines. I suppose this is one of the joys of choosing a life, and it is most definitely a life rather than a career, in design.

A point to note in my journal, perhaps.

More from Krissie:
Week 1: To design or not to design
Week 2: Want to be a designer? Just do it

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