Thursday, April 12, 2012

some real good news

and if you couldn't already tell by the excessive capitalization/exclamation marks, i couldn't be more thrilled!!

it's a pretty competitive major to get into, so i was not expecting this.
i was physically shaking with nerves when i went to pick up my acceptance letter, and had to re-read "dear shayla, congratulations! your application to the department of visual arts has been reviewed, and we are pleased to inform you that you have been accepted as a visual arts student in the graphic design track" a solid 67 times before i actually believed it.

last year (when i thought i wanted to major in journalism), i decided to take an intro to drawing class with my friend, brooklyn, for a general art credit. i've always loved to draw, but i never took it seriously or thought anything could come from it. but then, our art teacher asked me if i had ever considered doing graphic design, and it planted a little, baby seed in the back of my mind.

a few semesters later, and a realization that i wasn't cut out to write for a newspaper or become a news anchor, i ended up back at square one. after mulling through the million majors offered at byu, and the only ones that i was really interested in were in the visual arts department. so i signed up for the pre-requisites (including a "freshman seminar" i had to attend as a junior...) which are required before applying to any of the programs. 

after attending the graphic design lab, i was sold.
it was the first time in my entire life that i felt like i knew exactly what i wanted to be when i grew up.

so i struggled through balancing semester of art classes while planning my wedding, to get my portfolio ready to apply for my newfound passion, and now i can say it was all worth it. i feel so happy/blessed/excited/lucky/content :)

here are the projects i submitted in my portfolio:

 and this was my creative conception exercise:


  1. so exciting! your pieces are awesome too!!

  2. shayla congrats! i totally know that feeling of going to pick up your accepted or denied letter... i think i was almost crying before i even opened it because i was so nervous! haha but i'm so glad you got in!! sometimes the photo majors team up with the graphic maybe we'll even get to work together sometime!

    1. haha yess that's great i'm glad i wasn't the only absolutely terrified one...haha but thanks so much!! and yeah that would be awesome i really hope we do!

  3. you are so talented, seriously. i can't get over it!

    1. haha kenzie you are the nicest person :) thank you so much! and i hope you are having an amazing time in looks like you are from all your cute pictures!