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Blog Post 12

Hi all! Welcome back. It’s really good to see you once again. I can’t believe we are over halfway into the year now! It seems like only yesterday that I was sat in my room internally counting down the seconds to the new year and having a little one-woman party of my own. The rate that time flies by is almost mindboggling, I’m struggling to catch up! Even so, I’m excited to see what the next few months entail, aside from College and seasonal events of course.

Summer has never been an easy season for me to tolerate. Ever since I was younger, me and the sun have always had a rocky relationship. We are alwaysbickering, and we can never seem to agree on what an appropriate time to rise and set truly is. Plus, going for long power walks when a giant ball of flames is beaming down on you consistently is never fun. I have never craved the rustic aroma of an autumn breeze more. Nonetheless, I have no intentions of letting this evil being destroy my walking plans. Nobody stops the great Shannon Baker when she wants to do something!

I’m sure everyone is dying to know how my induction day at Colchester Institute panned out, and I’m pleased to inform you all that it went pretty well! The initial panic was rather strong on my behalf, but compared to other rather drastic reactions I have had in the past, this truly felt like a walk in the park. A few blips happened here and there, but I know with more experience things will become a lot easier for me.

Much to my dismay, I was the late one to class. But that didn’t surprise me at all.. Everyone knows I love to make an entrance of some sort, and I couldn’t possibly do that if I went along with everyone else! Indeed, this was totally the plan, and had NOTHING to do with me getting up rather late that day. Absolutely not..

Upon arriving into class, I took my seat on the far-right end of one of the tables. (It was the only seat left after all) I felt rather intimidated by the 20 other pupils at first, but I chose to grin and bare any emotions that I was feeling, and stick through my course leaders introduction speech before deciding on my next move.

Our first project was to design a random character, and a side profile to go along with them. We would then proceed to cut the character up and make a short little stop motion animation using all the different parts. This horrified me. The sheer thought of working in front of other people, people who I didn’t even know, was terrifying. And there was no way on Earth I was going to do it. So what did I do? I rustled together all the things I needed, and chose to sit away from everyone. Typical Shannon. But I felt it was the only way I was able to work, and it was! It took me a little while, but I was soon able to draw out a character and cut the pieces up. My character was a little alien wearing a mask, who had a baseball bat as a ‘weapon of choice’. It was a fun project, and it did look rather cool animated. However, as time went on I found myself becoming rather lonely, and I began to crave the tang of social interaction. As much as talking to other people scared me, I figured it would be best to start now rather then leaving things to my official first day. So I shyly scuffled back to the table I started at, and tried my best to join in on the conversations.

Before I new it, I had made a boat load of friends already! It turns out we had a lot more in common then I initially thought, and I got a lot of compliments on the colour of my hair too, which was really nice. I ended up exchanging contact details with a few people in the class, and we have been talking ever since! We also ended up making a class group chat, which has been really cool. It’s been really fun getting to know all the people I’ll be working alongside, and seeing everyone’s different drawing styles. Getting to know everyone beforehand has definitely helped with the anxiety I was feeling, and I’m proud of myself for stepping out of my comfort zone and letting them all in.

Indeed, the induction day truly went great, and I’m really looking forward to starting my journey in September with a load of nice new friends too. It seems as if things are really starting to improve for me, and that is a nice feeling.

Aside from my amazing induction day, I recently attended a convention in London with two of my really awesome friends, and It went amazingly! We all dressed up, bought loads of really cool things, got lots of pictures taken, and overall just had an exciting fun day with each other. I also met a lot of really nice people too! It was a wonderful experience, and I’m excited to go again next year with my friends once again!

I’ll be signing off for now, I hope everyone finds enjoyment where I cannot in the rest of the summer, and remembers to stay happy and hydrated. Thank you for stopping by and having a quick read!

Speak to you all soon!

- Shannon 😊

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