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What ? SPRING BREAK? Where ? When ?

Posted on March 18th, 2012 by

I did it again, right ?! I missed it…
The word combo “spring break” has nothing to do with my schedule , or I should say that anything with the word “break” cannot be related to me anymore. I think I always manage to find something that keeps me extremely busy and hyperactive, even during the well-deserved break times.


So my “spring break” started with moving my blog from the SUNY Ulster’s Blogs page to BlogSpot, i.e. here. SUNY Ulster has renewed its website, which meant no more blogs on the website. Yet I am still blogging ( I have been blogging for like 2 years almost) so I could not let all that writing disappear! That’s why I was suggested to move my blog to WordPress, but I decided not to, because when I went through it, first of all it’s not free, and secondly it seemed very limited if I use the free option. Just because I am familiar with the best features of the BlogSpot, I decided to stick to it. So I went back to my beloved BlogSpot, as I already created my blog-portfolio here in 2010. I kind of felt more adapted to it, because of the custom design possibilities that it’s offering. Now I have completely new look to my blog, and I am loving it 😀 Way more better and modern look, than it used to be. Now, I linked my portfolio-blog, Visual Arts Club’s Facebook group page, SUNY Ulster website, and my Linkedin resume to this one [ you can find it on the top in tabs/pages ] Oh, I forgot to mention, in order to keep the memories from my previous blog space I screen printed three pages as factual pictorial proof 😛 All this process took me the entire weekend to do ! 2 days! Now I am the only SUNY Ulster Blogger, as I was before and my blog is linked to the main website 😀 I am so happy with it!!!


What else I have done? While surfing the internet, I got REALLY inspired looking at the art colleges, and decided to give it a shot and apply to several of them.I think it worth to try and see what will happen. I am still waiting from CU for my final decision [ please, universe send YES]
Well, it’s been a while from the last time I attended a portfolio review day; last year in October, I think. So I met the admissions counselors from several art colleges, also at the college we had some of them visiting and giving presentations & conducting portfolio reviews. Thus, I decided to apply for at least to 3 more schools and guess what? It’s Murphy’s Law; the deadlines for all of my choices were MARCH 15th! Almost! So I think now you can imagine my panic mode 😀 Oh, yea! That’s exactly what you think! Running around like a headless chicken Mike, gathering paperwork like a lawyer, mailing them out like an admissions office, and redoing my portfolio over and over online like an obsessive art student! Three schools to apply in a very short time period. Well, I think that was such an adrenalin rush : D I loved it hehehe No need for rollercoaster rides at all! All in all, I got a confirmation from RISD that everything is on file! SUNY New Paltz said that they haven’t received my app yet, because it’s a SUNY app, but luckily their art department is open to submissions till April 1st. So I still got time to submit my portfolio, because I have to do it through them, meaning online on their website, and I have no access to their Banner as they did not enter my info into their system yet. There was back and force emailing in one day with their helpdesk, and the next day their admissions office said that don’t panic, there is still time. Such a relief! SVA said they haven’t received my paperwork :-/. This was the most discouraging reply, because strangely I mailed everything to SVA like on Monday first thing, and they haven’t received it by Friday L ! Snail mail YOU ARE ANNOYING! It should not take 5 days to deliver a small package, especially when I am in the same state! Anyway, I really hope that they got it last minute on Friday, then they can consider my app for the scholarship, which was one of the reasons I applied there. 

All that process was SO EXPENSIVE!!! I spent all together more than $160 , and I still have to request two WES transcripts which is gonna cost me $60 more. Sweet deal, isn’t it ? and I am not talking about the tuition fees yet… he he he Universe, send me million dollars. I bought a ticketm and I am waiting for that to happen! 😛 HAHAHA!  Also, I was told that PTK members can get a discount or waiver for apps, and of course none of those schools participates in that. duh.. 

Well I still had to work despite that craziness all week, except Tuesday. [Trying to save money, because I am gonna move to a new place soon, hopefully] I took a day off on Tuesday to finish up my RISD portfolio drawings, because they required 2 assignments to be sent them in original. And I wrote for the first time in my entire life a short story dialogue (one of my writing sample assignments) in ENGLIHS! 😀 I really enjoyed it, now I am considering writing as a SERIOUS hobby that I love!

So now I have homework for the next week to do. The big ones… I promised to my Independent Studies to bring at least 2-3 finished projects. But it’s just the supplies that I need either so expensive or I can’t find them on sale :/ oh well, I am gonna do more research and find them out, because I really want to have a piece in a Student Show 2012 at the college, so I got to have some finished work to submit for consideration! Oh, being an art student ain’t an easy business, even though some might think so. I have another self-portrait assignment for the figure drawing class, and a book project (dummy must be done shortly) for the graphic design class. GOOD LUCK TO ME! 

So our Visual Arts Club got a new project. I am waiting for the details. I haven’t written that promised post about the club’s activities for this semester! I will! Very soon!!!! 

The magazine is going OK. We got many submissions, now I am gonna rate the image submissions in A B C categories , and editor will send the rated writing samples and then we can start the layouts. We supposed to meet this week twice, but we ended up meeting only once on Monday. It was only us, two people, because one of our designers is sick – I really hope she gets better very soon- and the other one can’t make Monday appointments. I had to cancel the Thursday appointment. Well, hopeful soon we will get together in more organized way and finish the work properly. I took photos of artwork for students who can’t /don’t have skills/camera to take images for their art submissions. So now I have to edit those images, crop them properly for the magazine, and I just realized the images must be converted to CYMK. Well, here comes another assignment. And there are still the page numbers to be decided on ASAP. I guess we have to plan accordingly, because everyone is busy, but the magazine must be published by April 25th. So cross your fingers and wish us the BEST of luck!!! 😀
Thank you for reading my blog. Today’s inspiration: one step at a time. be patient.
Gulnar B.

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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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