I started as a Professor assistant in 2007. The class name was “morphology” in Universidad de Palermo in Buenos Aires, Argentina. That meant that I had to travel once a week to University (almost 1,5 hours away from home) to help a professor with the class. Taking the bus at 10 pm to ride 1,5 hours back home and wake up at 6.30 to do those same 1,5 hs. Now it easy to say but at that time I didn’t want to get out of bed.
From cutting ribbons of tape to hang the work of the students on the wall, to help with feedback and bringing coffee, my tasks could sound boring but they were actually very fun for me. I was able to hang out with the sweetest Professor in University, Vitoria Solari. If you worked hard, she was super nice with you, otherwise…she was your worst enemy. I learned so much from her, and one thing that sticked to me was how before jumping to the computer, you need to think and use pen and paper. I have another memory that I will never forget, I once hanged my work on the wall and it wasn’t completely straight, and she told me off about the meaning of respecting your work. Lesson learned!
After that I helped Prof. Carlos Castros Zuñeda in the “Strategic communications” for the 4th year of the Graphic design Masters with orientation to Branding / Enterprise communication. Carlos is an amazing professor and Author. So much experience in communication and Public relations. In his class I learned A LOT, I helped mostly with the visual feedback to students, and thanks to him I taught my firsts university classes while he was abroad. I will always be grateful for that, they were 4 stressful but groundbreaking experiences in my “teacher” mind.
After him I got to help Barbara Andreu, she replaced Carlos and shifted the class to see communication from a very practical and creative way of teaching. Now I remember that probably that was the first time I heard someone speaking about mindfulness in University, that was some fresh input. I see some dots connecting while writing this.
It took me almost 5 years to finish my graphic design Masters with orientation Branding / Enterprise communication but in between I had so many good experiences in the University field and outside too. I worked while studying, jumped on any project I could, made two magazines, a tote bag company that failed horribly, assisted three amazing professors, worked in the design department of the Economics Faculty, and met a lot of people who, without knowing, helped me in my path.
This exercise of writing makes me look back and see that what Steve Jobs once said at his famous Stanford speech makes so much sense.