What are you plans after graduation?
After graduation, I’ll be getting married and starting my new position as a UX designer for a Fortune 500 firm in the metro-Atlanta area. My firm serves as the largest distributor of financial technology in the entire world, and I will be part of the team that develops the digital interfaces of large bank institutions throughout the globe.
Who was your favorite professor and why?
My favorite professor would be Tennille Shuster (graphic design). She utilizes a very effective teaching style that not only pushes students to work harder but provides us with unique projects that help bolster our design portfolios in a variety of fields. Since coming to Mercer, she has transformed the graphic design program into a full-fledged powerhouse that allows students the opportunity to think creatively in a world that is dominated by content creation.
What was your favorite class and why?
My favorite class would definitely be package design. While enrolled in this course, I was able to pick up the commission from Macon Beer Company to design their entire line-up of hard seltzer products, which would later be distributed and sold throughout the Macon/Milledgeville area. To be able to have my work placed on store shelves was a unique experience that really enhanced my experience as a full-time freelance graphic designer while still being enrolled as a student at Mercer.
How do you plan on changing the world?
Artists and designers are able to take any idea and turn it into a complete visual experience that people interact with every single day, whether they realize it or not. As I begin my new job, the work that I do will touch millions of users each day as I will be serving as part of the design team that develops the online banking interfaces that we interact with on a daily basis. Being able to have this opportunity right out of college is an honor, and the next time you open up your bank’s app — just know that I had something to do with it.
What advice do you have for incoming students?
The biggest advice I can give to incoming students is to find something that you’re passionate about and find ways to make that a reason for you to wake up in the morning. I came to Mercer with a clouded vision of what I wanted in life, but I wasn’t excited to go to any of my previous major’s classes. I realized that you don’t have to go to medical school to be successful in life or to make a six-figure paycheck; there are plenty of opportunities that can be taken on right after college that can bring you joy every single day. Just pick something, and if you aren’t excited about it — don’t do it.
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