During my previous semester, I took an undergraduate course which introduced graphic design fundamentals, and provided a better understanding of theoretical perspectives, as well as visual perception, culture, and rhetoric.  But one of the most important lessons I took away from the course had less to do with my newly acquired skills in InDesign or Dreamweaver—although excellent additions to my resume—and more to do with deadlines.

It was exactly two hours before one of my final projects—a website I had spent hours designing—was due to be posted for viewing and grading.  However, the campus software I routinely accessed via remove server went down while a couple of my web pages still loaded improperly.  I e-mailed my instructor informing him of the situation.  Although his response was difficult to hear, it made a lasting impression on me. 

First, he reminded me that deadlines in his class were set in stone—no exceptions.  And second, that someone in my career—someone familiar with deadlines—will sometimes be required to ask him or herself if it’s more important to submit an incomplete assignment on time, or risk missing the deadline.  So, when the campus interface resumed, I posted my URL with little time to spare.  Maybe a contingency  plan would have helped in this situation, maybe not.  But while my assignment was not perfect, it was on time.  Both the lesson I learned and the A I earned were my rewards. ~ cs