What made you decide to pursue your degree in WDOC?

My skills in communications were largely self-taught, and I really wanted to get more feedback from a professional. I wanted a structure environment where I could learn more about Visual Communication, Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign from peers and professors. I also wanted the opportunity to apply those skills through projects.

What has been the biggest thing you have learned in your classes?

The Brand Identity class helped me think more critically about what goes into the visual representation of all the ideas and feelings associated with a brand.

What have you learned in your classes that you have already applied to your job?

I oversee graphic designers and have been able to give them better advice on colors, fonts, cohesiveness, and tools to use. Likewise, I can better assess if our design work is a good extension of our brand.

What are your career aspirations?

In the short term, I hope to work in an in-house communications position where I can work with websites and oversee design. I hope to continue my education of user experience and ultimately become a UX/UI designer.

What accomplishment are you the proudest of achieving?

My parents are immigrants and have always instilled in me a value for hard work and education. As a first generation student, I was incredibly proud to finish my Bachelor’s and be enrolled in a Master’s degree program.

Ambar Mejia

Ambar Mejia

Class of August ’17

Gainesville, FL

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