You Aren’t Alone
Without a doubt, the biggest factor that comforted me when I started to study Game Development (with no prior experience, might I add) was being surrounded by those who has similar interests and mindests to my own. People who I had something in common with. Even though the pandemic led to a different form of learning, I still found a sense of belonging and, dare I say it, clarification that I wasn’t the only one who was taking these steps for the betterment of their future.
Beforehand, I thought that I was going to walk into a course where everyone was so much smarter than I was. I fully believed that I was going to be a failure compared to them, and that everyone else would have such a head-start.
I couldn’t have been more wrong.
When I joined the course, one of the first things I recognised was that we were all in the same situation, and while we might all have had differing levels of experience and education on the topic, we all felt the same anxieties, frustrations, and worries about the future and our success in the course. It felt good to realise that these other students had had the exact same worries I had before I joined, and that realisation that I wasn’t alone has helped me get through first year successfully.
You aren’t alone. Everyone starts somewhere, and although industries may be difficult to get into, you will have support among your peers, and you will support them through it just as much.
My message is this – pursue your passion. Don’t let a fear of failure get in your way – after all, you do indeed miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.