First Quarter at SCAD
Updated: Jul 22, 2019
It is so hard to believe I have already finished my first quarter of college. In just ten weeks, so much has happened in my life.
I have been in Savannah for four months now and it is crazy how at home I feel. I am so happy with my decision to attend SCAD and looking forward to what's to come. Please know that I am beyond happy with SCAD while reading the post!
My dad, cousin Heather, and her husband braved the 14 hour drive in our toy hauler to Sav. It was a loooong drive! They were such a big help getting me moved into my apartment and helping organize everything.
I started my first week in Savannah getting hired and working at my local Lilly Pulitzer signature store, Palm Avenue. I love it so dang much! It is the perfect fit for me, and it goes hand and hand with my major and what I want to do when I graduate! I work with the best ladies ever and it truly is my happy place!!
The following week my mama came to visit and to finish getting me moved in and ready for classes to start. I had orientation the same day as the Lilly APS, it was a whirlwind of a day to say the least. I started classes the following Monday and my mom headed back home to Pennsylvania.
SCAD is way different from a "regular school" in every aspect, especially with the classes that you take. Every quarter you take 3 classes which last 2.5 hours each, twice a week, and I had to take the "freshman class" which only meets once a week. For my first quarter I took: the design of Business, Drawing one; Form In Space, and Design One; Elements of Organization.
I'm going to be completely transparent and honest-my classes were hard. I've never been exposed to an artsy type of school. Never taken an art class, or even learned to draw. It was a huge change from my high school!! Talk about being way outside of my comfort zone, but omg... I have never been so happy in my life. I have grown so much in the past ten weeks. I am capable of much more than I realized. Even with everything else that occurred during the quarter, I still managed to make the Dean's List!!!! Wahoooooo!
I have a few regrets and things that I will change when I start classes again. I wasn't involved in anything SCAD related other than attending classes and doing homework. I honestly didn't have enough time. I was in class for 17 hours a week, worked (or at work hanging out lol) 20+ hours (which I absolutely Love), spent an average of 4 hours a week at the doctor and when was at my apartment, if I wasn't doing homework, I was sleeping.
The thing I struggled with the most is that I didn't (and still don't) feel like a college student. I never thought I really wanted the "college experience". I was extremely involved in high school- I was the student council president, was in every club, extracurricular, and did a sport a season. When picking colleges, I decided that I wanted something completely different from what i had in high school, and SCAD is exactly that.
After talking to Meals everyday on the phone and hearing about her experience in college, I just feel like I am missing out on something big. SCAD has so much to offer that is so far from what is normal for me, but it is my job to reach out and do as much as I can to make it attending SCAD worth it. Next quarter I hope to branch out as much as possible and to learn and just really shift my attitude to be positive about everything that comes my way.
A few weeks into living in Sav, I discovered that I didn't love living alone as much as I thought that I would. Growing up with 3 siblings and a live-in best friend, I never really had much alone time and it was a shock when I went to college. I decided to adopt a puppy, my sweet boston terrier named Louie Vee. He is now 6 months old and is the best and most loving dog ever!!! I am so thankful that he is mine forever to love and take care of. Louie gives the best cuddles and we have found a schudule that works well for us.
A big decision that went into getting my own apartment (without a roomate) was due to that I require a ton of sleep because of my blood disease, which is also why I didn't live in on-campus housing. My levels were stable from may until late September. In October I began treatment again to increase my counts and levels. It was a difficult time trying to manage school, work, and feeling well enough to be able to get everything done that needed to be. Hopefully the iv iron, medicine, and on-going fluid will work for the 3-6 months that is supposed to and I won't have to worry about it next quarter.
Living, studying, and working in the most beautiful city has been beyond rewarding and I just know that there are so many more amazing things to come. I have the sweetest friends, the dream job, a pretty rad apartment, and I am studying at one of the most prestigious fashion/ design schools in the world!!!!! Living the dream life for sure and I am so blessed to have such supportive parents and for all of you!
if you ever have any questions about SCAD, please message me! I am always happy to help!