Just for your input, this is what I usually do in this case :
1. Find out the the real purpose of this project, be it my, or just looking good, selling yourself, etc.
2. Find out your end-users, is it gonna be your teacher "employer", circle of friends (with assumption you're going to get my, or just for fun), and many more possibilities.
3. After you get those essential information, I'd divide 50-50 between my "ego" and end-users' request (standard.)
For example, you like pink and hand-drawn layout, but you already know that your end-users, employers to-be, instructors, etc don't see pink-ish and messy-hand drawn layout as "professional" in term of design business. I'd go with the flow and add those pink and hand drawings as flavor, or say, support of the design and go with the more structured layout.
This, what I've been doing and working when dealing with client, and ofc my ex-bosses. On hand, you seem to be fresh, following the trend, while on the other hand, you've got your own flavor and uniqueness.
EDIT : Typo