be bold and be brave

I was told this by both of my comm design professors this week. But being brave isn’t something that I do naturally. I’m painfully shy and very cautious. I meticulously plan and fret over relatively small tasks. I’m also quite self-conscious and can be overly modest.

But this is something I want to work on. No, I don’t necessarily want to run up to strangers and introduce myself (at least not yet—ugh, networking), but I do want to work on my confidence level. After all, this is my last year of such a challenging program that I’ve fought tooth and nail to stay in for the past three years. And this is the last year before I start working in the field of illustration and comics, something that’s not exactly known for its security. So maybe this is also the year to finally be a bit braver. And maybe a bit bolder.