Grace Kim is an AYV Scholarship recipient from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She participated in AYV at Lester B. Pearson Collegiate Institute. Grace is currently attending the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto and majoring in Graphic Design.
This was the theme for the first assignment of my university career. The project was for my “Colour in Context” class, where we had to create a t-shirt design with this phrase on it. Everybody in the class interpreted this project in different ways and everybody’s project had a different look and feel – the only common thread was the phrase “the person that works the hardest wins.”
At Ontario College of Arts and Design University (OCADU), we all come from different places with different skills and experiences under our belt. But the few things we do have in common is our love and passion for art and design, our goals and dreams of being able to pursue what we love and to be successful at it, and the hard work and dedication we put in in order to achieve those goals and dreams.
It was no different for me. Although I was nervous about going to university and starting a new stage in my life, I was very excited as well. I couldn’t wait to put myself in an environment where I could focus solely on what I wanted to do – which was to study and pursue design – and to have people around me who would teach, encourage, and inspire me. In the two months that I have been attending OCADU, I have met so many amazing people and have learned so much from them as well as from my professors. But most importantly, I have been learning more and more about myself each and every day – not only as a person, but also as a designer. Even though I am in the graphic design program and I have been planning on pursuing graphic design for the past two years, I have started to want to learn different things, try different mediums and different types of design. The variety of courses that I take give me a chance to do so, and even if I am not good at it at first, when I see the amazing things that other people can do, it inspires me and makes me want to challenge myself to go outside of my comfort zone and to just do it. At this point in my life, I am not exactly sure of what I want to do, but I keep pushing myself and exploring all the different options and opportunities there are for me.
And most importantly, I always work hard and give my best effort. To have a project that revolves around the theme of working hard as the first project of my university career has really helped to push me in the right direction and give me something to fall back on in times of stress and worry. We are all sailing in this ocean called life, trying to find our destination even though we don’t know where it is. If we give up, we’ll never find it. But if we work hard and give our best, we will be able to find it even after all the twists and turns. We may not “win” or get the outcome or grades we would have liked, but hard work never goes unrewarded — whether it’s recognition, a job, a scholarship, or even your own satisfaction, hard work will always bear fruit. We just have to be patient, and wait for when it is our time to reach our destination.