IP in Reflection

Looking back on Integrative Project.

Olivia Su is a former A&D senior (class of 2010).

Now that I’m finally on the other side, I can very confidently say that the grass is greener – in fact, it’s verdurous. It’s so lush that even my parents would consider putting aside their large jars of kimchi to graze on it, and they love Korean pickled lettuce.

However, if I could do it all over again, there are definitely a few things I’d change.

What I wish I had known before IP:

1) Do not take a full course load for both semesters as an IP student.

No, this is not vomit... Though the color scheme is puke-worthy. This was my schedule Fall 2009.

See the reddish brown? That means “overlap.” Unfortunately, U of M doesn’t readily give out Time-Turners, so I wasn’t able to pull a Hermione Granger and be in multiple places at once. However, I did happen to own several very realistic cardboard cut-outs of myself and therefore appeared not to play hooky compulsively.

Just kidding. I have my ways.


2) Your computer will be a senior citizen among other computers by senior year.

My laptop, once able to run Pandora, Photoshop, Illustrator, and OMGPOP (or iminlikewithyou, back then) simultaneously, couldn’t manage to open my most important Flash project when 2010 rolled around.

That said,


3) Get acquainted with computing sites on campus – if your project requires it.

If you had asked me what “GroundWorks” was any year prior to my senior year, I would’ve guessed that it was a landscaping company. However, in my 11th hour, the brilliant people at GroundWorks helped me finish my project in a few swift motions.

Along the same lines,


4) Spread out your belongings aggressively to reserve computers or secure better ones.

I’ve been that girl… The one that puts her jacket on top of a PC and walks around the Fishbowl until a Mac becomes available, and then quickly dumps the contents of her bag onto it to prevent anyone from claiming the computer before she returns from retrieving her jacket.

Whatever. That’s why I get a reflective computer screen and you don’t.

5) People who are not in art school will misinterpret you when you refer to IP as “IP.”


And finally,

6) Uh, try to learn more things so that you can make a longer list when you look back at your IP experience.

Yea. I’m sure that if I had given special consideration to the aforementioned points, WebMD would not currently be the first thing that appears upon typing a “w” into my address bar.

Leave the internet-influenced diagnoses for the morning afters when you slowly, but not always surely, recall why you wouldn’t be surprised to have newfound liver problems.