How did you discover your passion for graphic design?

From a very young age, I felt that pen and paper were an extension of my body. As a child, I was always writing and illustrating stories, making little booklets, drawing outfits I wished I owned and filling the margins of my homework with decorations.

Why did you pick Texas Tech University?

Although I was trained in painting and drawing, I ended up applying to the Graphic Design program at Texas Tech University’s Talkington College of Visual and Performing Arts  because I thought the exciting curriculum would take my fine art skills to a new level. 

What has been your favorite part of Texas Tech University?

I’m now entering my senior year in the program and could not be more thankful for taking a chance on art school. The faculty at Texas Tech’s School of Art  are committed to encouraging and pushing each student.

Creating things on a daily basis is a challenge that takes discipline, and honing the skills of self-critique and objective evaluation is hard. But my professors and classmates make me excited to come to class every day. As a result, I have seen myself grow immeasurably as a designer (and as an individual in general!). On top of that, attending the School of Art is awesome because you get the advantages of a large university as well as the classroom environment/personal interaction of a small visual arts college. It’s truly the best of both worlds.

How has Texas Tech helped you with what you want to do next?

Not only has the graphic design program at Tech provided me with a fantastic college experience, I’ve already seen how it’s equipped me for a vocation in the post-grad world. In the past year alone, I’ve had the chance to work on three different internships, all utilizing my knowledge and skills as a graphic designer.

Additionally, after encouragement from professors, I recently entered a class branding project into the American Advertising Awards (ADDYs), a national competition for advertising and design pieces. I was elated to win an award at the local level, but my entry continued to progress and eventually won a Silver Award at the nationals. Getting to travel to New Orleans for the awards ceremony this summer was one of the most fun experiences of my life and a definite highlight of my college career.

I’m eternally thankful for the education, skills, and memories that Texas Tech has given to me, and I couldn’t recommend the Talkington College of Visual and Performing Arts more highly. Wreck ‘Em!