After coming back from winter break my classes started up again pretty quickly. Especially in my studio and drawing classes. However, I still found enough time to go to the gym here on campus and to go out into the city when the weather permitted. In addition to my classes this semester, I also made a point to attend the many guest lectures which the design professors organize for the students. My two favorites were from a Wentworth graduate who is now doing design work for Bose and the lead designer for Nerf at Hasbro toys. Both presentations helped me to further understand what life is like as a professional designer. After attending it was a lot clearer to me which skills are most emphasized by the industry.
Life in the Evansway dorm this semester has continued to be pretty comfortable. My suitemates and I all get along well and often help each other with assignments since we are in many of the same classes. The dorm isn’t far from any of my classes and is close enough to the Fenway to attend games and carry back groceries from Target or Star Market. The one thing I wish I had access to is a kitchen somewhere on campus or even just a counter to prepare food standing and not at a desk.
Even though I found that on-campus housing was a good experience this first year for the next three I will be moving off campus into an apartment in the Fenway area. I chose to do this mostly because as an out of state student from the west coast I found that moving in and out of housing every year and needing to go home over winter and spring break was extremely costly and difficult to organize. Off-campus housing, however, gives me a year-round space to live in and has the potential of being less costly than on campus housing if I stay in the city for my co-ops and organize a roommate. However, this does limit my flexibility when it comes to the location of where I could do my internships. During the whole process of finding an off-campus solution for next year, Wentworth Housing was very helpful in figuring out the logistics on their side of things and made the process really straightforward.
In all, I have really liked my first year at Wentworth and am really looking forward to my Sophomore, Junior, and Senior years. For these last two weeks, I have to focus on getting my final projects and presentations ready for my review. Once I have them figured out I will certainly write a post summarizing what I achieved this year in my classes.
It’s been an intense last few weeks here at Wentworth, but with finals wrapping up I’ve got some time on my hands to make a couple posts about my work from this first semester. I’m thinking I will put up my favorite work from each of my three design studio classes, with possibly a bonus post from my color theory class because I am especially proud of how far I have come in my understanding of color and composition.
However, before I get to that I will dedicate the rest of this post to the work I’ve done in English. This semester I had Professor Bailey for English 1 and really learned a lot. While my English foundations from high school certainly weren’t weak, I benefited immensely from having to write a short three to five-page essay on almost a weekly basis. This practice really solidified my understanding of how to find solid sources and cite them correctly. In high school I had always been taught to put in direct quotes from my sources, but Bailey consistently pushed me to include other forms of citation, like paraphrasing and summary, which I wasn’t accustomed to using. I also thoroughly enjoyed that, more often than not, we could chose the topics our research papers were on. This analytical writing is, in my opinion, very befitting of a tech school such as Wentworth. While Professor Bailey’s class isn’t suited to those who might be adverse to hard work, if you are willing to take on the challenge and make the most of what he teaches, the rewards are undeniable. I can say without hesitation that the papers I have produced this past semester were some of the strongest and most enjoyable to write.
It has been another couple busy weeks here at Wentworth Institute of Technology. I am beginning to adjust more and more to my classes and the new environment. Recently, I have been able to take the time to experience more of what Boston has to offer. Just this last Thursday I was able to go see the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s production of Mozart’s 39th symphony with a friend. Though it was a relatively cold and rainy night, we had a great time going to the Boston Symphony for the first time and experiencing something out of the ordinary. It was extremely convenient that the symphony was only a few blocks down Huntington Ave. I still have to get used to the idea that so much in the city is only a green line ride away. For instance the week before last I went to the Harvard Museum of Natural History with my drawing class with only a short 15 minute trip from the T station right outside of Wentworth.
Academically, I can really see myself improving. The basics we learned during the first weeks of school are now transitioning into more complex work. However, the foundations built initially are constantly referenced when doing these new more dynamic projects. The design studio project I just finished this weekend for Tuesday is an animal-themed mask in honor of Halloween but all I could use to make the mask was thick card stock paper. I could not even use glue or tape to hold it together. This project pushed me to further my understanding of how folding and tabs work in relation to paper craft while still reinforcing techniques learned previously such as how to cut and score card stock. In the end, I produced through several iterative steps a fish mask which not only strongly resembles a goldfish but is also is made with several complex and interesting techniques. In the next weeks, I look forward to doing new and different projects that are as interesting and fun as this last one.
Boy has this first month flown by! I have been meaning to write my first blog post for some time now but I’ve just been so busy going to class, doing homework, daily chores and meeting scores of amazing new people. I find myself without a doubt wishing for more hours in the day and more days in the week. I feel as if I can’t get everything I want to do to fit into the 24 hours I am given and thusly my days and weeks seem all too short. Often a day will feel like a heartbeat even though I did so much. This past Thursday my roommate (who is also an industrial design student) and I remarked on how we could have both sworn it was the beginning of the week and that we still had several more days of classes ahead of us but in actuality, we were nearing the end. On Tuesday and Wednesday I already proudly turned in my second set of projects for industrial design studio, drawing, and color and composition. My work thus far has eaten up a lot of time but nothing has felt like busy work. Each and every assignment has felt natural and purposeful which is exactly what I was looking for in my college experience. I am so impressed by the fact that I have been here hardly a month and I already would be hard pressed to count off all the new skills I have acquired. However, Despite how busy school keeps me I still have found enough time to go out and explore the city with my new friends and roommates. A highlight from my birthday on the 16th, for instance, was being able to treat my friends to a dinner out on Newbury Street and then to retreat to the common room of our eight-person suite for a movie after a long week of classes. All in all, I am enjoying my early days at Wentworth and am looking forward to sharing more of my experiences here on the admissions blog in the future!