In some ways, school gives you more immediate gratification than work. But it isolates you from the rhythms and rewards of consistent, hour-by-hour labor. It’s all start-stop, start-stop; stress, break, stress, break. You don’t get to see a project slowly grow from start to finish. You don’t see a draft begin, sit, gestate, finish, and float onto Facebook Newsfeeds. You don’t experience an infographic as a possibility, then an impossibility, then a work in progress, and, finally, a flashy PDF drawn by one of the best freelancers on the web. This process is exciting, but it also teaches you the value of patience and consistency.