21/02/2011 by Sarah Ritchie
Recently I happened upon my old high school English journals. The first entry, from 1988, was titled “Ambitions“. I was interested to know what dreams I dreamed at 15 years old, and where I envisaged my future at that time. This was the journal entry:
“Earlier this year I attended an art course at the Whitecliffe Art School in Grafton. The buildings of the school are described as “Neo-Gothic”. I would describe them as having a sense of creativity and – to me – a sense of friendship and promise. The whole atmosphere bred the desire to learn and the feeling of belonging to somewhere, in a place which I was most comfortable.
I love art, and want to make it my ambition to carry on my future in the creative arts field. It’s my aim to be the best in whatever field I step into.
…The fees for Whiteclife are very high, and – as yet – I cannot foresee myself going there for that reason. But we all must have dreams and goals or else there’s no point in living.”
Though I did not walk the tertiary halls of Whitecliffe Art School, I DID reach the essence of my goal (a career in graphic design) and the heart of the goal…be it in a roundabout way…20 years later.
The revelation I had, after reading my teenage thoughts, is that I haven’t changed all that much! I still hold very similar interests, social burdens and opinions. I had the same love of art and design then as I do now, I just wasn’t sure how to direct the interests which lay inside.
How much have you changed (or not) since your high school years?!