I am very pleased to announce we have two students who have put themselves forward to share the Visual Communications Representative Role on the OCASA Committee and we have their biography details below. The details will be posted for one week until 27th February at which point Megan and Bethany will be appointed if we do not here from anyone else interested in the role:
Visual Communications Representative Elections
Hello, I’m Beth. I’m an Essex based Illustration student with a keen interest in story writing and gaming. From my studies I hope to be able to create illustrations for books, perhaps even make my own. I’d also like to have the opportunity to make concept art or promotional art for video games, a big ambition!
I started my studying in October 2018, so I’m still relatively new to the OCA, but I hope that may bring fresh and different ideas. I like to help people if I can, I’m not a telephone talker unfortunately, but send me an email and I’ll try my best to sort it. I suffer from anxiety, I have done for some years now, so I see the role as something that could push me out of my comfort zone. Mental health is less of a taboo nowadays, but if I can find away to push this further, I will! I think people’s views matter, and everyone should have a fair chance of getting these views across. I’m normally a small voiced person, who doesn’t really tell those above me my ideas. However, as of late I’ve been trying to change this, even if it’s with little things such as suggestions in a group chat.
I hope that gives you some idea of who I am, and what kind of rep I could be!
My name is Megan Barker and I am a current student with OCA, studying Illustration 1: Key Steps with plans to complete a degree in Visual Communications. I’m currently 21 years old and live in East Anglia in the East of England.
Distance Learning has been a wonderful opportunity for me. I did attend the University of Lincoln for a short while but due to health issues, I had to drop out which really did throw all my future plans out the window. After some research and planning, I came across the OCA and was thrilled to learn I could study at home and at my own pace, without having to compromise my health and wellbeing. So far I have really enjoyed my studies, whilst they may be challenging, I’ve managed to fit my studies round doctors appointments, hospital visits, physical therapy and even surgery. It feels so good to not have to sacrifice my dreams of working in the art industry due to my health like I thought I would have to years ago when I first dropped out of uni.
Whilst the OCA has been amazing for me and opened up a whole new world of opportunities and advancement, it still has it’s problems like many great things do. I have struggled with the loneliness of distance learning along with the lack of communication and interaction between students. The level of commitment and self-motivation can be a struggle as well, especially if the aforementioned communication is missing, we all like to moan about our workloads, it’s a classic student thing! With a range of students from diverse backgrounds and environments comes a range of different issues that may not be clear or obvious, but need to be addressed to keep the OCA as open and accessible as possible.