laurelss asked: Any advice or wisdom to those who are struggling with confidence in choosing art/design as a major?
A few years ago, I was in the same boat, and all I did was work incredibly hard on making my work better. I took life drawing classes and surrounded myself with many hard-working artists. I was lucky to have had great teachers and peers who encouraged and inspired me along the way. Yes, you can always find inspiration and advice on the internet, but there’s nothing like personal interaction with artists to stimulate your work.
From my experience, my major made an impact on the work I create and prepared myself for the professional art world. If it wasn’t for being in my art major, I wouldn’t be where I am today. Going into your art/design major, know that it’s going to be challenging. It may not teach you everything you need to know, but it’ll at least help you get started on identifying yourself as an artist. When you’re aware of that, you’ll know exactly what you need to do to improve your work and stand out!