What made you decide to pursue your degree in WDOC?

I had been playing around with web design for a while and wanted to learn more and shift my career a bit in that direction. I was living in Japan at the time, so UF’s online options as well as their approach with running classes through Adobe Connect was really appealing to me.

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

I think the biggest thing I learned was how to effectively apply design principles in a coding context. Once we started to learn a bit more of all the options CSS and Javascript offered, it was cool to see how a lot of the design elements were learned in the introductory courses could be translated into and interpreted through code.

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

I’m a high school teacher and one of the classes I’m responsible for is Digital Design. I’m now incorporating more web design material that I learned through the program in what I share with my students.

What are your career aspirations?

I’d like to stay teaching in some capacity, but I would also like to do some freelance web design work on the side and see where that goes.

What accomplishment are you the proudest of achieving?

I think the capstone project would be it for me. I’m proud of what were able to do and see how we applied everything we learned to the project.

Andy DiBella

Andy DiBella

Class of May ’17

Seattle, WA

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