You may be surprised to know that I didn't go to school for graphic design.
I was a creative person at a pretty non-creative college (engineering is the college specialty), so I majored in Marketing, which I thought would give me the most options after graduation. There was a graphic design program at my school, but I didn't know much about it, and I had a misunderstanding about what graphic design even was (I pictured having to design corporate logos and signage all day...no thanks).
So I stuck with Marketing, and my senior year of college I took a class about working as a freelance graphic designer, simply because I had a spot to fill in my schedule and it seemed like fun. For some reason, it didn't have any prerequisites but I was the only non-design major in the class. I soon realized that I had made a mistake in not pursuing graphic design, but at that point it was too late - I was about to graduate!
I ended up graduating a semester early, so I took the money that was left in my college account and I purchased the Adobe design suite before my student discount expired. From there, I spent a lot of hours just playing around in Adobe Illustrator. I would design invitations for pretend events, prints for my house, whatever I thought of. I knew that I had a good eye for design but my knowledge was so limited, and I didn't want to go back to school.
If you are trying to learn a skill like design, photography, calligraphy, or any other craft, please save your time and utilize an awesome site that I have recently found called Skillshare. It is an absolutely amazing website, and when I found it I immediately wished that I could somehow time travel and make it available to my just-graduated self.
Skillshare has classes on so many different topics, and there is something beneficial to every small business owner or creative entrepreneur on there. There are sections on design, photography, business, film, technology, fashion....it goes on and on. I highly recommend checking it out and doing the free 2-week subscription. I did the subscription and then ended up getting a membership because I was learning so many helpful things so efficiently.
I am not affiliated or sponsored by Skillshare (I ain't that fancy!) - I just wanted to spread the news to any of you who are struggling trying to teach yourself a skill. Try it out! And have a great weekend!