anuja shukla
ANUJA SHUKLA - GRAPHIC DESIGN

I use travel to change the way I think.

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I SEE THE FUTURA AND IT IS BEAUTIFUL

Four months ago, I moved to New York with one goal in mind : to grow.

Whenever I hear the word "grow" I think of a sapling flower rooted in the ground with it's petals barely sticking out. Okay, not as dramatic but this flower was me as I waved my way through New York. From waking up in the wee morning hours to walking 10 blocks to catching the train to Grand Central to studying graphic design in a studio to still working on briefs in the wee hours of night to creating a portfolio that I am still working on to hopefully get a job that I am proud of. 

WHEW. What a whirlwind. 

Now back in my sunny California home, the past four months have been such a dream. Actually this past year has been such a dream. From traveling to Japan, meeting awesome people, building relationships, to fully thinking creatively while living in a city built for creatives.

All of this would not have been possible without an amazing program, Shillington. The mentors pushed me harder than anyone has ever before, and I truly experienced the fast pace of studio life. I learned so much about myself through the process. I learned that I like to be fully thorough, and fully research a brief before I can even start to brainstorm. I also learned that if I am not satisfied 100% the first time, then I have to go back and find a better solution. Halfway through the program I realized that I had not been this passionate about my work in college. Shillington made me realize that I had found my dream career. As chaotic as portfolio week was, the only thing keeping me going was my passion for the creativity of it all. And THAT folks is when you know you've won the lottery. Whether it be in love or your career, giving 100% to something is what makes you realize how much you are passionate about it. 

SO what now? 

Well, my goal for the new year is to be a part of a studio or anything that I can contribute my design and photography experience to. I definitely want to grow my expertise in the design field, and just explore different creative aspects of it. I have big plans for the future, so I won't spill it all now. But just know that for now, I am content and beyond happy.

I see the futura and it is beautiful.

Till next time,

Nuj