I'll start this the way most meetings start: with an introduction.
Hello - my name is Ciara Hall, as of right now I am 21 years of age but in just two short weeks I'll be 22 - and in just under 4 short weeks I will be embarking on another milestone in my life: studying a year long masters course at the Manchester Metropolitan University. I won't talk much more about myself as I have a full page shamelessly dedicated to myself here so if you want to fill in the gaps up to this point in my life go ahead. You can also learn about my new baby: CHESYGN and how it came to be here!
However, to cut a long story short I am a fresh postgraduate of MMU who is about to dedicate another year to education. Some of you may fine this concept daunting after a hectic third year and spending the vast majority of my life within the education system - so did I.
I have been questioned and queried a lot about why I don't take a year out, "see the world" or just simply throw myself right into 'industry' us designers refer to it as. Believe me, I've asked myself those very same questions and a few times I have thought: can I do this? To cut another long story short: yes I can.
I have come to the conclusion that I can't let the intimidation of the terrible 'what if' thoughts dictate my life and that, ultimately, I know myself better than anyone else. When, not if, I put my all in, like I have done previously in my degree, I can do some pretty awesome things and don't want to put off doing those potentially awesome things. Although I can take a masters further down the line, if I take a break from education, I fear I may never return. These last two years especially I have found a new love for learning and education. My time at MMU taught me some valuable skills that I will have for life and I feel another year of learning some new skills will benefit me for the 'real world' as it's put.
Another question I've been asked is 'why still MMU?' and why I don't try a new university out for size. This again is another simple answer. I had never even considered doing a masters, in fact I quite resented the fact of being in education longer than I needed to be, but after a hour or so talk about the MA/MSc program I was hooked to the concept. I fell in love with the idea of the diversity the course provided and that it would have a more 'art-y' side. I always feared something 'too' art-related equaled no career prospect, which is partly the reason I chose an BSc for my degree. Thankfully, I am not that close-minded anymore and am excited to explore the Master of Arts path. What really drew me to this course is my final degree will be decided based on my work and less driven towards a MSc or MA. This degree will be what I make it and offer me a lot of independence on where I wish it to go.
Those previously two paragraphs seem as if I am trying to justify my life. In some ways they are but not to anyone else but myself. I want to enter this new path confident and excited about what is to come.
This blog will document that year and all the things I get up to. The website as a whole will be used to display my work and brand myself. I am hoping to put CHESYGN on the map no matter how small so that I can celebrate our message and help design for the greater good.
Thank you for reading my thoughts and I hope you follow and support me along this incredible journey.
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