Benefits of Starting a Passion Project

Benefits of Starting a Passion Project

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One of the best pieces of advice I received towards the end of my first year at RIT was to start a passion project as early as I possibly could. Although I didn't quite understand why at first, I started planning a project to work on over the summer, and after doing so I feel that starting a passion project is a great thing to do. There are a lot of benefits that can come from working on a project like this, and it's something that I'd recommend to everyone. 

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Game Jams 101

Game Jams 101

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Earlier this year, Joshua Landman wrote a great blog post on passion projects. I absolutely agree with him in that working on projects outside of class-assigned work is incredibly important as a games student. Not only do personal projects look great to employers, they also provide the opportunity to experiment and develop your skills. But, taking on a long-term passion project is daunting, and there’s many barriers to starting. What do I want to make? Where can I find a team? What skills can I bring to the team?

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Walking the Balance Beam

Walking the Balance Beam

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College is an exciting time. There is so much to do, so much to see, and so much to understand. At some point in your college career, though, you will run into some trouble. Your life becomes too much to do, too much to see, and too much to understand. You begin to get overwhelmed by your classwork and busy social schedule or activity schedule. You may ask yourself, “How did I get here?” and “How can I get out?” These are both very valid questions; questions that I may have had to answer over my first two years here.

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Using Job Postings to Figure Out What You Want to Specialize In

Using Job Postings to Figure Out What You Want to Specialize In

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One of the most difficult decisions I had to make after coming to RIT was about what I should specialize in. I was a little kid at a grocery store, staring at the shelves after my mom told me that I can only choose one snack for my lunches. Gushers? Fruit Roll ups? Fruit by the Foot? Except instead of different kinds of gummies, I was excited by all the different aspects of games. Narrative? Engine Programming? Level Design? All of these different aspects of games excited me and I loved learning about them. One of the best ways to see if you like something is of course to just do it.

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Study Abroad: Getting Started

Study Abroad: Getting Started

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Outside of making games, I have always enjoyed traveling. We live in a big world with lots to learn. Through pursuing my hobby I have been fortunate enough to complete 3 study abroad opportunities in Germany, Japan, and Ireland! Since reading my whole travel journal may be a little tedious or boring, I would like to share some pointers that may help students interested in studying abroad get their chance to go!

 

Decide early, even if you do not take action

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