"If you don't love this, design might not be for you."
The first week of class was a sure test of mettle. There is no gentle nudge here, no momentary orientation. It's "here is a list of everything you need and everything we want you to do and when. Go." All week I've been intensely focused on maintaining an efficient and intense work ethic.
I'm worn out from the intensity, but with a depth of satisfaction I've felt only a few times in my life. Knowing that this nebulous feeling is the reward for all the frustration will make difficult times ahead more bearable.