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What is the most important skill for a person to learn for college and life?

Asked Chester, England, United Kingdom

I'm hoping to go to NHIA for Art in the Fall, and I'm a little nervous about my ability and some other things. #art #organization #creativity #anatomy

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Andy’s Answer

Updated San Francisco, California

Hi Sylvia,

I think that some of the best skills to learn in college and life are curiosity and critical thinking. No matter what your job is there is always something new to learn to make things easier or better for you. You have to embrace a lifelong love of learning and asking questions; while simultaneously not taking everything at face value.

While it is important to go into art school with some basic knowledge and fundamentals, just remember that you're there to learn. If you already know everything there wouldn't be much point in going to school. So it's okay to be nervous about maybe not being the best, just keep in mind that many people will be in the same boat. Be open to receiving advice from others and asking questions.

For example, art isn't just about learning perspective and color theory, you should learn anatomy to make believable fantasy creatures, physics to make functional vehicles and buildings, history to pull from examples from the past and trends for the future.

I hope that this all makes sense. Good luck!

Leeanne’s Answer

Updated Redwood City, California

I would say there are a few things you can learn that are critical for university and for life in general.

1) Learn to manage your money. The one thing most of us have trouble with transitioning from teen to young adult and up is that we don't know how to live on a budget. I myself am guilty of this. If you plan ahead and stick to a goal and budget you can do so many things like travel, save, etc.

2) Figure out what you want for yourself and who you want to be. It's normal to do things your friends do and to worry about what others think about your choices, but ultimately you have to live with them so don't be afraid to have goal and aspirations and to stick with them. These are your dream and it's your life.

As for Art school, I would take as many little workshops as you can and go to some seminars to see what's out there and who's doing what. You can meet a lot of people new to the industry and veterans and it's a great way to stay on top of trends. Everything come sin time and with practice so do your best and don't be afraid to try new things, art is about thinking outside of the box and diversity :)

Good luck!!