Ahh, the final week to write a blog post about my practicum. I lost a day because I had the day off preparing for our grad show (it was such a great turnout!). But because I was away for a day, everything else just piled up. Tuesday was incredibly busy, though I’ve realized I’m a bit less fazed about sudden changes that happen almost all the time in a project now. “Welcome to the advertising world,” someone mentioned to me when they asked how my week was going. Indeed.
It felt good to be able to finish things quick but I had a website redesign project that kind of went out of hand and thought I’d have to work through the weekend for it. To my pleasant surprise, our project manager (Maddy) caught wind of this and said “we don’t want you to work on the weekend because that’s just crappy”, and took that project off my hands. I felt extremely bad but also incredibly grateful (I will not forget this) that Rethink really honors and tries to have us enjoy our own personal time off on the weekends rather than work through things. I’m used to the latter environment, having been trained so hard in the IDEA program but I love how Rethink really keeps our personal time as a higher priority instead of work. They really do celebrate that. I feel very taken care of and it’s great!
We had what was called the ADCC Super-Push Kick-Off Meeting that was really inspiring. After seven weeks here, I did wonder sometimes how Rethinkers are able to stay so creative and sharp even though we had to deal with (sometimes) the more mundane projects that are a little less creatively stimulating. The answer lies in CP’s! Also known as creative proposals, we’re given the freedom to dream up whatever we’ve been wanting to work on, whether it’s something we’re passionate or curious about. I’ve been encouraged to do this and I’m super excited. I’m also nervous because if you’ve been following my previous posts, you’ll know that ideas is definitely not a forte of mine. But one can always practice, practice, practice.
I’m bittersweet. I looked forward to writing my thoughts every end of the week about my time here at Rethink, but also sad that now I won’t be writing anymore. Thank you to you who’s been with me throughout the last six weeks of updates on my practicum. To future students who are reading this, good luck! I wish you all the best.