This post is being created after the fact… way after but I wanted to circle back and cover the missing sections from my game dev journey so that everything makes sense chronologically.
In June 2017 I graduated from Full Sail University as the Valedictorian with a Bachelor of Science degree for Game Design. I also received the Advanced Achievement Award which is: “Given to only one student in each graduating class. The award recognized outstanding achievement throughout the whole program, acknowledging such things as effort, dedication, energy, sacrifice, skill and leadership. Full Sail recognizes that the Advanced Achievement Award is one of its most prestigious awards and is usually indicative of a student who is most likely to succeed.”
I am humbled to have been recognized for my efforts with these achievements and when I was told about them (right before stepping out onto the graduation stage) I was completely shocked. I wasn’t shooting for awards while going through the program but my willingness to help others and put in as much work as I could for each course was apparently obvious to the instructors and other students.
All in all, Full Sail was an awesome experience and I ended up learning a ton about not only game design but also teamwork, research, and working on projects remotely. I would recommend it to anyone that is interested in Game Design so long as they can afford the tuition and justify the cost of it.