I officially graduate from my Advanced Diploma of Arts (Professional Writing) tomorrow so it seems an appropriate day to share a brief review/musing/thing on my diploma.
It’s crazy to think about how long I’ve been studying – 4 years! I clearly remember getting the acceptance letter, how stunned I was to have gotten in and how daunted I was to have committed myself to such an unimaginably long time – it was hard to believe I’d be 21 by the time I finished.
I’ve grown so much as a writer (and a person) during these last four years; my horizons are bigger (poetry and screen now fascinate me) and my dedication stronger. Not to mention my want and willingness to improve my incomplete knowledge of grammar and my limited vocab, something I use to not be fussed about.
This diploma has cemented my passion for storytelling and given me challenges that have pushed me to grow. I haven’t always enjoyed the challenges, but with every module I could see there was potential to learn, all I had to do was my best. My philosophy was “there is always something to learn”.
Some of my most challenging modules were Manage a Writing Business and Write Reviews. But nothing compares to The Law and the Writer, my most challenging, confusing and stressful module, which I actually managed to do quite well in.
Some of my favourite, most inspiring and enjoyable modules were Write for Film and Television and Write Poetry. But, of course, my most fondly remembered was my Extended Project – working with an amazing mentor and being given free range to do what I want.
I’m not sure whether I’d have actually completed a novel by now, know as much, improved so greatly or feel as able if I hadn’t done this diploma. Possibly, but I’m not convinced. I may have done one or two of those things but probably not all.
I enjoyed being given a challenge, finding an idea and then giving it my all. Of course, there’s been a great deal of stress but even that’s not all bad, I’ve been forced to get better at dealing with it and I hope I have. It makes me smile to think of the last four years and I’m excited for the next four.
I’m extremely pleased with all I’ve accomplished during this diploma. It’s been marvellous.
Four years very well spent.