The Feeling of Accomplishment
You'd never think that being a student, you'd be asked to throw something together out of the blue. You expect everything to come at you week by week, class by class. A couple days ago I was completely removed from this thought!
The director of my program called me up saying, "You know you have a presentation infront of the entire Animation Board in a few hours, right?"
Apparently this was the first 'Student Review' they were holding and decided to set it up at the last minute. So I threw a quick movie together of my progress of the past 3 years I have been attending this school (the Art Institute of Pittsburgh). Even though I had a couple hours to piece it together, I was able to organize the movie AND put it in chronological order so that they could see progress (if there was any, haha).
I was the ONLY one in the room on time.
The Animation Board was made up of all teachers I have had for classes and who I deeply respect and value their opinions. That made it much more comfortable for me.
When I was showing them my work they had a lot of reactions DURING the movie. It was so heart warming to hear them laugh, or make small noises like "hm", or to hear them shuffle in their seats.
Before I walked into that classroom and while they were watching my presentation, I kept thinking about how much work I had put into each and every one of these pieces. How much devotion I had for them. All the time that was spent, all the effort, all my heart, all the tears from frustration, the lack of sleep to get them done, and the absence of food since I was so focused that hours would fly by.
Everything that I had sacraficed to complete each project as well as I could and to hear those that I respect give positive reactions towards them was the biggest feeling of accomplishment ever! I had always hoped, but never thought I would get to this point in my life where I could feel SO accomplished that it brought me to tears. I always thought that I would feel accomplished and cry the second I was shown my desk area in an animation studio...but I'm most sure that at the Student Review I felt that goal!