Returning to my former studio to deliver a presentation to the Illustration and Design undergraduates was so nostalgic. This was my third time doing so at University of Sunderland. I first showcased my portfolio to the first year undergraduates while still a student myself in 2016. Then again, in 2017, I returned to chat to the second and third years. Only a few months had passed since my own graduation ceremony, so putting myself into their shoes was near effortless as the memories remained fresh. A year on, the time had come again. Now, however, I felt myself returning with more professionalism and experience under my belt. Instead of just imagining what could be after higher education, I actually had some things to report.
My university tutors and mentors urged me to share these post-grad experiences with those now in their final year of the course. I prepared a formal presentation that I delivered before opening up an informal Q&A. The students gathered to look through my university portfolio and previous sketchbooks; seeing my creative progression from first year to third year. I gained uplifting feedback from students who told me that my talk was helpful and reassuring. A few connected with me on social media too. I was able to get involved with portfolio critiques and see where they were up to with their latest projects, offering my advice during the studio session which followed. I am happy to say that I have been invited back for future talks.