While this event did happen a little while ago, its still got me rigid with excitement, and figured I should blabber about it anyways!
From what I understand, the College for Creative Studies Transportation Design Program's toughest year is Sophomore year... And now I'm done with it. They pushed me and my close friends to the limits, but this meant we improved by such huge leaps and bounds in this amount of time that it's hard for me understand just how far I've come.
In the last days of the year, we undergo "Final Review" where the full time faculty give you a honest critique of your work, what they've seen you improve on and what needs work, and more importantly, giving you a talk about what you'll be doing next year. You see, the Transportation Department has three branches; Exterior Design (the outsides of cars), Interior Design (the insides of cars) and Transportation Design (vehicles, basically whatever else you can think of, tanks, yachts, planes, go karts, whatever you can think of). They decide what your strength is, and then you basically get to follow their guidance into your individual branch (that sounds cruel the way I put it, but it's not, honest). About 15 out of the 60 of us got kicked from the major (that's actually pretty freaking harsh), but this major doesn't really let any extra excess stick around.
But then there was my review. Was I the best? Nooooo, far from it. But they gave me something that not too many people are offered, the complete option. The wide option choice. They said that the portfolio I had presented was of strong enough quality that I could go any direction I wanted- whether that be Exterior, Interior, Trans- whatever I chose. This is a pretty rare honor, being told you're strong in every suite and one that has had me overwhelmed since the day of. I still haven't decided fully what I would like to do, but I've had my heart set on the Transportation Design branch (I honestly never thought I would have the opportunity to get into the high ranks of Exterior) for a long time now, but the idea of doing Exterior Design (even if only for a semester) is something that is too cool to simply shove off.
Well, sorry for rambling. I'm sure the future will come and go much faster than I expect, so stay tuned! (And thanks for listening!)
(Also, I've been officially using sketchup for 4 years now, yay!