(On an elevator ride)
Lady: How’s patent law?
Lady: Patent law. You work in patent law, right?
Me: No, actually I don’t.
Lady: Oh – it’s just that you look stressed out. Patent law people always do! No. You know, I bet you’re an IT guy then, huh?
Me: Nope, but you’re getting warmer.
(We reach her floor. She steps out.)
Lady: Ah, computers it is. I knew it.
Me: I’m a game designer.
(The elevator closes.)
It took a couple of weeks, but I soon realized after graduation that I can no longer hide behind the prospective title of “Student”. Yesterday morning I ran into the above scenario. It was probably the first time, in a position where I’m being paid to work on a video game, that I’ve said out loud ,”I’m a game designer.”
I don’t want to bring a ton of unnecessary attention to such a simple moment, but one of the most unexpected transitions from education to profession was just that: losing the identity of a student for the first time. It’s a feeling Jim first mentioned to me weeks ago, but this was the first time I had to do anything about it.