Last month, when I explained Why Interior Design School Isn’t What You Think (It’s Not HGTV!), I mentioned that students must submit their work formally for portfolio review before entering their junior year. I kept quiet about the fact that ID Diva (aka Spunky Daughter) was in that process. She was in the mire of round-the-clock work making everything perfect (to the best of her ability) before submission.
ID Diva submitted her work in time for the deadline. The three of us left immediately to visit Fun Son for the weekend. ID Diva crashed. Every time we paused our schedule briefly, this was our view of her.
She’d worked her tail off! And, we are proud of her for sticking through it and not giving up. And, we understood her need to crash. While she was awake, we laughed, we cried, and Fun Son fed us, cared for us, and entertained us all weekend as we began the long two-week wait for an answer from the review board.
Now you understand why I painted our kitchen. Nervous energy!
Only the 25 selected will move forward into upper-level courses for the Interior Design degree. There were 32 students to fit into 25 slots. We knew seven would be eliminated, and we knew ID Diva’s work was very good. But, we had no idea about the quality of work submitted by the others.
Horrors, the pressure! If ID Diva didn’t make it, her life was about to take a drastic turn to who-knows-where and with no back-up plan. Going with the plan of acceptance into the program and two more years of schooling, we moved her into a different apartment (the next weekend) where she’d signed a lease. Had to. No choice. Yikes!
She finished unpacking, went thrifting for a picture with her room-mate, and decorated a few areas. That girl loves candles!
During that next week, I made the kitchen curtains. (More nervous energy.)
Friday finally came. HH and I went back to the coast to return MIL’s box trailer we used for the move. ID Diva couldn’t go with us. She had homework and was finishing her summer semester coursework.
Finally…on Saturday evening, her Facetime call came in.
Yes, she made it! We celebrated by phone and were so relieved for her. Life would go on! 🙂 (That was the weekend I snapped all the pictures of homes in Post-Katrina Gulfport.)
On our way home, we stopped by to give ID Diva some celebratory roses.
Currently, her favorite color is mauve, so the peachy-pink color was the best I could do.
She wanted to enjoy them in her bedroom also, so we split them into two groupings.
The roses went onto one of her DIY Hanging Wall Shelves.
It was an exciting time! Thankfully, things have settled down again. Fall semester is underway, and ID Diva has settled into an easier schedule (for now). Ha!
Have you experienced such a stressful yet exciting time?