That's right. One down issue down; approximately thirty-four more Towerlight
issues to go before the end of the fall semester.
I normally don't do this, but today I am posting my commentary that is featured in our first issue, which is our Freshmen Survival Guide
But before that, the above image is of local artist Dorian Dean. I like it because I used natural light mainly to light her and then balanced that with two strobe light sources behind her. I used the strobes to get full range of values (red to white) on the walls. Not my favorite image of the issue, nor most beloved portrait ever, but I like it for one reason or another.
Alas, my commentary. Enjoy.
High school - The best years of your life. Yeah, right. I don't know the genius who constructed that statement, but obviously they never attended college.
I first must congratulate every student. Whether you're a freshman roaming campus bewildered for the first time or a super senior cranking out your seventh year at Towson, you did it. Graduating high school is a big, exciting step in life.
But, you're now in college. Welcome to the land of freedom. Teachers and parents no longer dictating your every move. Peers no longer watching your steps; criticizing them along the way.
I don't care if you were the class dork or the most popular kid in high school; life is starting completely over now.
Here in college we have a miniature world at our disposal, but with very few real world restrictions or pressures. In short, we can do what we want.
Don't want to go to class? Don't. Your professor isn't going to call mommy and daddy. Want to get inebriated and pass out by the Glen Towers? Go for it. Want to study 24- hours a day and earn an impeccable GPA? Rock it out.
I think there are only two times in our short lives when we have this sort of freedom. One is at the beginning; our first 21 years or so. Living at home, attending grade school, and college. Our role? Wake up, go to class, come home, and study. Wash, rinse, repeat. Mix in a social life and some extracurricular activities and before we know it, we're out of school forever.
The second is much farther along when we are old and retired. Obviously no more work or obligations. But who wants to fast forward life to that point?
In the years prior to college we always had other people's rules to follow. In a lot of instances you will now make your own rules.
Caveat: before you go crazy with your newborn, independence make sure to remember the follow things:
- Be yourself. At some point you've changed your personality or style of life to imitate someone else. Don't fool yourself. Think back to when you were five years old. We never once worried about being judged by others. I have relearned this concept throughout my life. If you can accept being yourself and not worry about others opinions, life is much easier.
-Pursue your true passions. Follow your dreams no matter what the salary of the career path may be; I am certainly not pursuing photojournalism for the money. If you always dreamed of being a doctor, a movie-star, or a godforsaken Teletubby; do it. This isn't the time to hold back on learning the ropes of your true love and possible future career.
- Don't waste your money. Simple concept, right? Whether it's your own dough or your parents, don't blow it being an idiot. I am confident that a small percentage of you freshmen will not make it back for a second semester. Why? You'll fail out because you took advantage of your newly developed drinking and partying habits. Granted, everyone has fun, as do I, just don't blow your tuition bill on a ludacris number of shots at The Kent every night to the point where you fail to make it to those dreadful 8 a.m. courses. Have fun, but be smart. Which brings me to the next tip.
- Try everything; take risks. In moderation of course. I am not telling you to go out and do drugs, but take advantage of all opportunities thrown your way. Never be afraid to try the unknown. Or as my brother once said, "I don't want to read about it in a book, I want to live it myself."
- Don't be a antisocial. What I mean is, don't hold back from meeting new people or joining a club. Network, network, and network some more. You never know who the weirdo kid you're sitting next to in English 101 will end up being in five years. He could win a million dollars, be a friend for life, or invent the next best thing to the iPhone (man, I want one).
Alas, what I have tried to drill into your brains is to make the best of the freedom you have now because to some extent you will lose it in the professional world after college. Enjoy your time here at Towson. Don't rush through, be yourself, follow your passions, network as much as possible and make these next four (or 10) years the best of your life.
You are only in school once and college is the last chance you'll ever have.
I'll be blogging (when I find time) on my first week of shooting back with The Towerlight. Only because I have 15+ assignments to get through on my own Thursday through Sunday with freelancing in-between. Side note:
I am sorry I am no longer coming up as "Patrick Smith Photography" or "Patrick Smith Photo" on search engines. I know this because of my Google Analytics account. Since I changed to my new domain name I'll have to wait a month or longer to start showing up again. Until then, keep plugging my new domain name away and searching for it on Google; it will only help my rankings reach the point they were once at. Thanks!