GRADUATION. It’s been awhile I’ve been waiting for this and I know there are many of my friends who are confused if I am still studying or working.
“Eh, I thought you’re working in Supermodels Secrets?”
“Oh, you haven’t graduated yet?”
“When are you going to start working?”
“Actually are you still studying or?”
Well, that’s why I am here to explain it as well, heh ^_^
Actually I’ve graduated for a year plus now, its just that my graduation got delayed and its only being held now. There are a few stories behind it such as “Where are your classmates?” As all of my classmates have already graduated way earlier than me.
I studied Multimedia Design in Alfa International College. It is located in SS15, inside a building in Subang Square. Right after SPM, I worked in Skin Food in Sunway Pyramid for about 8 months + and then only entered into college in September 2011. There I met my humble and wonderful classmates. We were all in a small college – that means being very close to our lecturers. Without knowing, I actually entered into a world full of Chinese educated friends which was a struggle for me at first because I don’t speak Mandarin. Nevertheless I am still so grateful for their patience and fondness.
When I entered into design school, I wasn’t sure yet if this is what I wanted to do. I wanted to venture into Makeup & Hairstyling but as usual my parents said it has no future prospect and that it doesn’t have a Diploma. I thought about Mass Communications but likewise they said things like you don’t need to have a Diploma for MassCom. No offence to those who are studying it! Its just my parent’s opinion. I thought to do graphic design since i was into arts and designing, but I changed my mind and did Multimedia design instead because I thought that “Graphic and Multimedia are the same only what, its just that Multimedia is graphic PLUS an additional course” Haha (NOPE)
I’ve talked to many of my design friends and many of them would agree with me on one thing and that is – If you love art, it doesn’t mean that Graphic Design is meant for you.
I say this because the first two years in college was HELL to me. I loved to draw but when I started college I hated drawing and arts even more and regretted every single day that I enrolled into Multimedia Design. I am quite a slow learner, therefore I learn slower than others. If you can understand a person explaining something once, I usually need about 10-15 times of explanations before I get it. Hence, I was pretty weak at all the software learning and technical terms used in class.
When it comes to drawing, I saw some of my friend’s artwork and I immediately felt like all hope was lost for me haha! I told myself: “I AM NOT AN ARTS PERSON. THEY ARE.”
It was really difficult for me. I remember i was starting to hallucinate due to doing my project at home till late 5am just to finish the works for a presentation at 10am in the morning. I told myself again:
“You know what, it’s going to be end of the world anyway, why waste my life finishing this assignment and going for presentation”
“Aiya, you never know when is the end of the world going to happen, maybe it’s tomorrow. So just don’t do the assignment because everybody is going to die anyway”
MAN. IT WAS SO TOUGH. Of course I managed to finish it. And during my presentation, I can never forget what my lecturer Mr. Alfred said to me (his picture below). He looked at my design and said “Elaine, you actually have a lot of potential. But if you don’t show me progress I can’t really help you. You just need to put a little bit more effort and you can do really well”
I will never forget that day because after that my life was 360 turn around. I’ve always thought I am never good at ANYTHING, but for once when my lecturer told me that my work was good and I had the potential, it made me feel like I had hope! So I told myself, yes I am a slow learner but so what? I just need to work extra harder, I just need to spend more time with my lecturers, ask them as much help as I needed so that I can learn more and faster.
It was a big change for me. I remember talking to my cell group leader Ian about my regrets for enrolling into design school. He told me that we may not always know the path that we want, but since we have chosen it, the best thing to do is to stick to it and put all the effort in it.
So that’s what I did. After having bad grades for the past 1.5 years, I decided to push my way up and do my very best. I did it with the help of my lecturer Jammez and Mr. Tee. Jammez always gives me so much input for my designs, helping me see it not just in one direction but many others as well. Mr. Tee sacrificed his Public Holiday and weekends just to help me with my final project including teaching me all the complicated codes that I cannot comprehend. Sky for allowing me to use his studio for me to do my stop motion work and being patient with me for After Effects class. Matthew, my classmate who stayed up till 3am in the morning for helping me with my After Effects and as well as Eric, Jared, Danish and Shadow and many more for being the best of friends to me even when I didn’t ask for it. And also my other lecturers, Steven, Mr Koh, Ms Ong, Ms Chow, Eugene and Mr Alfred.
I was trained by Shearly in City Harvest Church for awhile as well doing some designs for the church brochure and etc. I thought to learn some designs elsewhere because I was SUCH A HORRIBLE designer at that moment. She taught me all the design techniques and also all the Macbook shortcuts. Gave me links that could help me to learn and do tutorials by myself to improve my technical skills.
I improved and started to get better after awhile. I was also not afraid anymore to ask my lecturer and friends as many questions as possible. I learned a lot as well from all the YouTube tutorials and articles – where I can re read and re watch over and over again without needing to have my lecturer repeating just their explanations just for me haha.
However, because I was going through a very depressing period of my life in my relationship plus i also couldn’t cope with some of my commitments such as church responsibilities, my weekly training for cheerleading , family and what not, I decided to delay my semester and take it slowly. I didn’t stop but I took fewer subjects for each semester, therefore my classmates graduated way earlier than me. I was two semesters behind. Second last semester I was with my juniors which are also the same class as Brian Tan! And my last semester I was with another batch of juniors which then graduated together with me.
Halfway during my semester I was told I needed to do an internship. I did not expect that because I delayed my semester. I thought I wouldn’t be joining my friends to do the internship together but one week before submission I was told to just join along with them and do my internship as well.
I truly feel until today that it was all part of God’s plan that I found Supermodels Secrets and that now I am very fond with my boss.
I had no idea which company to go to and I only remember I submitted my portfolio to work part time in Supermodels Secrets about 5 months back but there wasn’t any reply. I decided to try again and guess what, they replied me! I knew Supermodels Secrets because I have always loved buying things from them! I met Michelle and am thankful to be their first intern of the company. She hired me right away and I didn’t even need to look for a job. Not only that, it is only about 2-3min walk from my college! After my internship ended, I grew so attached to the company that I continued to work there PART TIME while studying to finish my final year in college.
For my final project, I put in my most effort in and created a project called “You Deserve It”. It was a campaign that i produced a short film, phone app and a few more designs. I even created a stop motion project which made me step out of my comfort zone to explore and do something I thought I can never do.
At the end of my semester, I felt a joy I have never felt before. An achievement that I know came from my own hard work and effort. I scored A’s for my final project and although it wasn’t enough to raise up my CGPA due to low marks during my first two semesters, but the joy was more than suffice. And as I’ve said the title for my final project is “You Deserve It” – I posted a photo of me and my results on Facebook saying how shocked I am with my results and Mr Tee my lecturer commented “YOU deserve it” =”)))
Those who know that I am a slow learner and have seen my bad progress, see my climb up to the top and help me through – THANK YOU
I’ve never thought there would be hope for me. I’ve always gotten 1A for UPSR, 1 A or PMR and 2 A’s for SPM. I failed many subjects in high school in primary school whereas my brother being a bright student scored straight A’s. I was lazy, I thought everyone had given up on me as I had at that time. Highschool is not the end, getting horrible results in high school doesn’t result to you having a bad future. No, I wasn’t a straight A student and I was a pretty lazy and slow learner but your life can turn around.
I learned the most when I work in Supermodels Secrets and Skin Food. Learning new challenges, meeting new people. Interacting with more people around you and learning from lecturers. Self learn from youtube and articles and also depended on God for comfort and wisdom – when I wanted to quit and throw everything away.
After I finish studying, I entered into Supermodels Secrets full time (I was working part time for 1.5 years while studying) . Although I had finished my studies, and working – I decided to pursue my passion. Remember I said I wanted to do Hair and Makeup but my parents didn’t allow it at that time? Well, so I decided I am not going to just sit in my room and watch beauty youtube tutorials LITERALLY almost everyday only practicing on myself. I want to go make someone look beautiful and feel beautiful!
I enrolled into Sense & Style Academy – studying Masters in Makeup & Hairstyling.
I LOVE IT. I still do design and until now I NEVER regret going to studying Multimedia Design because it has taught me so much and I still love design and art. Thankful for my cg leader who also told me that since I am on this path, just stay all the way.
So yes, I studied – and then work part time in Supermodels Secrets. Graduated and still working in Supermodels Secrets , but I am now ALSO studying in Sense and Style Academy (part time classes)
My mom graduated the same time as me as well! She never had a chance to study in a college when she was young. So when she was promoted to be a headmistress for R.E.A.L (kindergarten) in Sunway, one of the requirements was that she needed to have a Diploma in Childhood Education. ALFA and R.E.A.L are the same company, so that is also why I enrolled into Alfa because my mom was there as well – but she took night classes ( Part Time ) because she is working.
Thanks for being patient with my long winded post :p enjoy the photos!
Photos taken by the best partner ever – Guo Unn ^_^
Thank you Raymond for dropping by! Truly appreciate it!
Mr Tee, who who taught me so much in coding and sacrificing your holidays!
Mr Alfred for the words that motivate me. Thank you for believing in me!
This graduation – it is very important to me. Very special and very memorable, because for the first time – I know that I did my best. Thank you to all who supported me, wished me, congratulated me and to God who gave me the courage and strength and never ending love in all seasons. Also, the graduation was on Mother’s Day! Rare occasion for a mother and daughter to be graduating on the same day, haha! Can’t wait to share to you more about my journey in Sense and Style as well!