It’s September: once again, a clean slate. Now that you’ve got your class schedule and you’ve read my esteemed colleague’s piece on some of the things you should be learning in school, it’s time to think about what you’re doing — or not doing — to make that happen. The world is full of advice on how to stick up for yourself when you’re facing other people, but not so much about what to do when it’s you versus you. I’ve taught at five very different schools and in the end, how students managed themselves mattered a lot more than…

Q: My teacher hates everything I make, even though I spend all this time working on it, and gets mad even when I follow his advice. Sometimes designers who are working come to talk to us, but they never get what I’m trying to do. There’s all this useless talking when they should just teach us things. Should I just quit school and go work somewhere? I feel like this is a waste of time.

Dear design student,

Sure, you can leave, but you’re going to take your inability to use criticism with you. And then you will be back…

Juliette Cezzar

Designer/educator/author. Associate Professor of Communication Design at The New School's Parsons School of Design in New York City. Former president, AIGA/NY.

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