1. Admit that you don’t know everything.
If you come in thinking you know how to do everything and don’t need whatever info the teacher is giving you, then why are you there?
2. Get over yourself.
Everyone needs someone to “slap” them (metaphorically) at times, and remind them that sometimes being wrong is the best path to what is right.
3. Do the work.
Don’t make excuses, do the work and make stuff.
4. Remember WHY you are there.
There’s no motivation if all I know is how to teach or what to teach-anybody can do that. The why is the magic that gives my abilities passion.
5. Develop a process.
I find that my process has been full proof and successful in every single project I have implemented it in.
6. Learn on Your Own
I find, that even after 13 years working as a designer that now more than ever I am able to stay motivated and inspired by people that I follow and blogs and books that I read.
7. Get Feedback & Take Criticism
Without that feedback and criticism from others, we can easily get married to our work.
8. Ask questions.
There’s no way that any student can go through school without having any questions at all.
9. Start doing things right. Now.
Once you graduate and you become a paid professional, the lines will no longer be blurred, they will be very big and very bold and you could get into a lot of trouble for crossing over those lines.
10.Think for yourself and be confident.
It is up to you as the designer to put in your own flair, your own flavor, and sell it with all your heart because you know that you made great decisions to solve the problem of the client.