My internet was being funky last night so I couldn’t post anything, update shortly.
Life lesson: never say anything definitive about the weather. Ever.
I kept forgetting to answer this but this is what I’ve got now finally.
I think the biggest thing to think of now is that there is a lot of time between starting your degree and finishing. Besides that I would definitely recommend taking any opportunity you can. I took so many internships and volunteer opportunities and those have been some of the best and most informative experiences I’ve ever had. Everyone functions as an artist differently and you’ll find what works for you too, but it helps to see what others are doing and kind of cherry pick from them what you like or think you’d like. But like I said the biggest thing is to do what you like or what you know would be good for you and do a lot of it.
More often than not I use mechanical pencil , sharpie pen, and Watercolors or color pencil
watercolor paper is expensive but I hate using watercolor on mixed media paper