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Spring 2012!

Posted on February 5th, 2012 by babayevg04@my.sunyulster.edu

The third week of classes is over. I just can’t keep up with the time; it’s so fast! This semester seems easier so far with my classes, which scares me a little bit. [Silence before the storm?!] But for the first time I am taking ONLY 5 CLASSES! Only 5!!!! I have more reading however in comparison to my other semesters, or maybe it’s the same amount :D I just pay more attention to my readings currently, I shall say that. Well, I am glad  because I have million other extracurricular activities that are time consuming, so I will be able to spend some time working on them.

Now, a little about my new classes:

Figure Drawing II class as usually nerve-wracking, because I am being impatient. I finally got a book where I just decided to do the steps that book shows and try to enjoy first of all what I am studying, instead of being angry that I can’t get the line correctly. It’s art, it does not have to be ‘perfect,’ but I want it to be as best as possible which at the end drives me crazy. My assignments are copying master drawings and redoing our in class drawings. Somehow, I do not really like the idea of redoing them, but it’s an assignment so it must be done. Yet, I can make my own assignments too and show to instructor!  It’s is great, and I get some feedback too. Done it! Plus, I like it more than doing homework ..he he he..

Graphic Design III class is alright, but I feel like I am floating in that class. We got to redo our Diversity Poster Assignment again! Client did not like what we had before, so we spent the beginning of the semester either starting from scratches or redoing previous project. Well, I think my previous project was done, so I started over a new one, and I like this. Trying to use humor, which I enjoy the most! Humor is the best way of saying “hey, listen.”  Yet, the main project for the semester is books, we are going to study them, and go to the Barnes & Nobel to make some discoveries :D I like that bookstore anyway, when I go there, I will look through the books, write down the names, and order them online for half-price or less xD Smart ha!

I have Independent Studies! I was like begging my advisor to let me take that class for 3 semesters! Finally, he let me do it! So I decided to study Conceptual Art in the frame of Modern Art! So far I got like several books to read, and sketchbook where I am jotting down my ideas. Interesting detail: in order to take this class I have to make a contract with my instructor, and then it goes to the dean to be approved… paperwork in other words. So I am gonna start producing some work for the transfer portfolio hopefully soon! It’s what the contract says! It includes once a week meetings with the instructor, to show the ideas or projects and talk about the reading and problems that I face during the process. I like the idea of this class because it’s one-on-one, but the annoying part is being interrupted. I dislike that because I lose my focus…

Modern Art History class is fun I shall say! I really like it. Thought the book is humongous with like 9 pt font size and waiting for me to be read. Oh! It’s thought and heavy!  Yet I like it because it’s connected to my Independent Studies class, so I am cool with it :D btw it’s once a week class, or they call it hybrid class, partially online and partially in class.

Intro to Web Design class, it’s fun , but still I don’t understand some stuff, I feel like I really need a book, and the screen where instructor demos the lessons is tiny! I see usually nothing, so I have to imagine everything lol. I think Mac Lab needs BIGGER screen for the projector! So far I am ok but I want to do better! OK isn’t enough for me honestly..  I have to spend more time on my own to explore the Dreamweaver.

I am still waiting for the answer from CU..  Annoyed pretty much. It’s already Feb 5th! And this is early decision, I guess Early February can mean any day between 1st and 10th. Anyways, I just stopped worrying about that, no point.  Sooner or later the letter will arrive. Meanwhile I just started researching OPT options, because that school is very competitive, so I have to have several other choices what to do after graduation. OPT sounds good to me, and now I have to find a JOB on my field! SOMEBODY HIRE ME PLEASE!

Some good stuff:

I got nominated this week for the 2012 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence. Yay! I am one of two SUNY Ulster students who’s application was send to Albany. Now we shall wait. This is one of the best things that happened during my college life in the USA! I really hope to be the recipient :D Send some positive vibes and good luck to me!

And I received my first US Diploma with Associates in Fine Arts! I am proud of myself :D hehe… the feeling that comes to me occasionally lol But the funny part was I was expecting a framed diploma, and at the registrar’s office  they gave me an envelope and I am like “ this is it ?”  she is like “what else do you want? “  LOL It’s funny because all those years of study and we get a piece of paper that confirms that… Well, if that paper will help me to get a job, sure why not?! Oh, after this semester I will receive my second two-year diploma, hopefully! 2.5 year and getting two qualifications! Very good indeed! But I desperately want to earn a BFA! Universe send me the acceptance letter from CU, pleaseee!! I worked hard and will continue, I promise!

Another SUNY-wide Student show is approaching. I have submitted two works, and really hope to get in. That was fantastic last semester! I enjoyed it so much hahaha and now ready to live it again, hopefully. Now I shall wait for the results…again. Waiting is part of the every single process, if you notice!  Please, please, please Universe I want to be in the Albany show! Also, please send me more patience!

This is it for now. I think I am gonna write a post about Visual Arts Club separately, because that’s a BIG deal :P ! This is the best student club! Yes, I am being biased lol I love it! JOIN US ( SUNY Ulster students), and you will love it too!!!! So much fun activities are coming soon! Yay!

Thank you for reading my blog btw :D
Gulnar

PS here’s today’s quote “Life is short; live your dreams!”

 

Written by babayevg04@my.sunyulster.edu

Welcome to my blog! I am Gülnar, an international student from Azerbaijan Republic. I am currently studying at SUNY Ulster where I obtained my A.A. in Fine Arts degree during the Fall 2011. Right now I am working on my A.S. in Advertising Design and Graphic Technologies degree. I plan to obtain my BFA and MFA. In fact I am a graduate of Azerbaijan University of Languages ( BA in American Studies), but at some point in my life everything has changed, and my career path as well. I am an artist/graphic designer/photographer. I live in upstate NY with my American family for the duration of my studies. I have many "likes & dislikes", so I am not going to count up all that in here :D, read my blog and you will see. I’ve chosen to keep this blog as I enjoy writing (yes, even in ENGLISH) besides art and sharing my observation & experience. I hope you will enjoy reading as much as I do while writing it. Thank You!

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