Hello, my name’s Meghna and I’m from India.
Moving here to London is probably one of the most exciting yet nerve-wracking things I’ve done in a while. And here’s what I bring with me, in hopes to help me make the most of this wonderful journey and find my designer self within this space.
The first thing, and probably the most important thing for me in my starter kit, is the book I made while in undergrad. The book was designed to act as a conversation starter between a parent/guardian and a child about topics such as race, sexuality, body positivity, and 11 other such topics, in order to reduce prejudices and judgements and encourage empathy amongst kids. This book is probably the entire reason I’m here, doing this particular course, for it really helped me discover who I am as a person and what I stand for and believe in. It also helped open up a whole new world of work that I as a communication designer could be involved with and the kind of designer I could grow into. So for me, this book represents growth and hope, and in a very cliche way, following your dreams.
I also added an empty book to my starter kit, cause for me, the book represents a clean start, a fresh, unbiased mindset, and a platform to start anew, and fill it with all that catches my fancy, and all sorts of new aspirations and ideas.
I also have my grey sweater, a hand-me-down from my grandfather I lost earlier this year. And this has to be one of the most important things for me in my kit cause it’s a reminder to believe in myself and be kind to myself if I fail and feel lost, just like he always was to me. And for some weird reason, sweaters have always made me feel safe haha.
I also obviously have my headphones and my random playlists of music with everything from 70s jazz to current day pop, that have always been my happy place and helped me clear my head when I needed to.
A water bottle is something that I decided I needed to have in my kit cause I’ve always struggled with keeping hydrated and moving to London came with me promising myself to take better care of my physical and mental health so the bottle represents just that.
And lastly, I have a sunflower, cause they’ve always meant so much to me. They represent for me an undying sense of optimism, joy and love and a sense of openness, which is how I hope to be able to take on my time here.
Oh, and scrunchies; Adding a lot of scrunchies in here cause I always seem to loose them without even trying.