A lot can happen in the transition from college. I knew how difficult it would be and like most people I'm sure you can agree it isn't a joy ride. But I have to say; this platform really improved and encouraged me to publish my photography. All you need is a wonderful group of individuals; audiences that builds you up and watches you grow. Those who desire to collaborate and share their love of art and transforming one thought to a multitude of smiles.
After graduation, I struggled with the thought of rejecting a graduate program. While I was on my study aboard trip the director's words were reciting and floating over my head "You're going to wake up and regret this decision". However by traveling and finding peace, that one response ignited a fuel of energy to one-day email him back [figure of speech],
"I am writing to inform you how much of an impact our last exchange of words were. I'm delighted to inform you that I made the RIGHT decision. I worked over 7+ jobs in the last few years and finally have a path that will allow me to continue and grow on my own, without the help of an overpriced school. Though with the help of the wonderful most inspirational loving people I have ever met. Not to mention, how amazing networking is these days are on social media [chuckles]. From one year of corporate hell, working for the "man" in charge to finding a positive sphere of academia in Nonprofits, and talking to individuals who are apart of the marginalized society struggling through the implications of social inequality hierarchies. Reaching out and becoming more connected with the community gave me the inspiration I need to continue to learn and grow, as a photographer and writer. As far as graduate programs go, someday I will return but I'm not sorry to say that it will not be for yours".
All you need is time to grow and become the artist you desire to be and this is completely understandable. Working to a goal you believe in is a significant part of self-discovery journey. For anyone who is struggling for something similar, I just want you to know, is that do not let anyone's poor choice of words destroy your dream. Do not be discouraged, work on what you love and collaborate. Be thankful and cherish the work from other artists. Because this is how the art world will continue to grow.