2ND YEAR - FIRST SEMESTER REFLECTIONS
Looking back on some of the feedback I had received in the first semester, overall feedback was positive with some minor improvements.
For my producing unit, my pitch scored a lot lower than my pitching package at a B3, due to my idea not being original enough. This I understood and in retrospect, I should’ve chosen a topic more innovative. Looking at the feedback, ideas based around plastic had been overdone in the past and it would be difficult to provide a unique insight. I was told to try and have a different take on it and in my pitching package, I used the idea of Plastic Art to follow a specific story of an artist who makes a living out of collecting ocean trash. Here I saw a unique story that could be told so I used this to refine my idea. My pitching package was graded at an A4 which I was happy with as I knew it would have been difficult to score very high with a subject that had been already explored through multiple avenues. I was told that I had ‘very good visual design skills’ and my use of ‘colour and page layout were effective’. The improvements here was to make the writing just as polished as the visuals.
I have also decided that I will start this second semester by setting some SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time bound) goals. Here are a few short term SMART goals:
Actively seek more work experiences and placements, at least one each month until the end of the year.
Attend more lectures and to be punctual, my attendance % not falling any more than 10% until the end of the academic year.
Start assignments earlier, beginning to work on them as soon as I receive them and mostly finishing them by at least 2 weeks before deadlines.
My long term SMART goal would be to graduate with a 1st class degree, which is measurable, attainable, relevant and gives me until the end of my university experience to achieve.