Here we are, the end of the road. What a year. I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say that this has been one of the most enjoyable academic years of my life. From orientation jitters to finals week shenanigans, I’ve had a blast learning from and with the MICA community. Grabbing sandwiches at Doris, commiserating over critiques, laughing with friends and professors. Every experience has colored my time here at MICA and made up a truly memorable year.
This last week at MICA has moved from hectic and tranquil as final projects are completed and last assignments turned in. I did manage to escape the hubbub and went out to the country for a horseback riding adventure! It felt amazing to blow off some steam and not think about school for one glorious afternoon. A part of me can’t believe how fast this year has gone by, I feel like I was just starting to get the hang of it!
I’m immensely grateful to everyone who helped facilitate my time at MICA. It’s going to be hard to say goodbye after such a wonderful experience. After a year spent learning here, I thought I’d look back on the goals I set for myself and take a minute to reflect and bring things full circle.
First, I wanted to improve my fine art and drawing skills. Check! This was probably the hardest goal and yet also the one I feel most proud of. My classes have pushed me in all the ways I wanted and I can’t be more grateful to all the professors and peers who have helped me move towards my creative goals.
Second, I wanted to make friends. Check! I’ve made connections with peers in almost all my classes and will definitely be keeping in touch long after we say goodbye. Luckily, since most of the exchange group girls hail from Europe, it looks like we’ll have the opportunity to meet again soon!
Third, I’d wanted to get to know Baltimore. Check! While it would take much longer than a year to truly get to know a city, I like to think I managed to catch the highlights from Hampden to the Inner Harbor.
Even with all the bittersweet feelings that come with saying goodbye, there are also things to look forward to. After a year apart, I’m more eager than ever to return to PCA. I’m excited to spend the last year of my degree among the peers I started it with, in the city I love more than any other.
This summer I’ll be focused on working hard at an internship, polishing my creative skills, and hopefully having a lot of fun! Thank you for keeping me company this year. I wish you a restorative summer and look forward to seeing you soon.