What made you decide to pursue your degree in WDOC?

I had been working as a photographer and in the marketing industry for a few years and knew I wanted to learn more. I work at a university and being surrounded by academia made me want to go back for a masters. I could never come up with the terminology for what I wanted to do. I have a degree in journalism with a concentration in photojournalism so I had done the creating content side but I wanted to learn how to get the content out, how and why things are placed on a page, etc. I had attended UF for undergrad and one day I decided to check the website for the online masters offered. As soon as I read the description for the web design and online communications program I thought “that’s it, that’s what I’ve been looking for.”

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

The biggest thing I have learned in my classes is coding. I had never coded before starting this program and in the first web design classes I already learned so much-completely amazed by how much I have learned. I also learned that I really enjoy coding and I am extremely excited to continue.

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

I’ve started designing social media posts that combines images and typography. I also create booklets for the professors with images of the students in their classes with information about them. I have also started coding on the college’s website. I look forward to learning more in the program because I knew with each new class I will have a new skill set to add to my job.

What are your career aspirations?

I would like to work as a web designer or web producer for a news media outlet. I am also strongly considering getting a second masters in political science or public policy and combining these skills to work on a political campaign. I also think that someday I would like to obtain a PhD.

What accomplishment are you the proudest of achieving?

Honestly, I’m most proud that I had the courage to apply and get into the program. I’m proud of the hard work and dedication I’ve put into it. I work fulltime at a university, freelance as a photographer and go to school full-time, it’s a lot of work, but it is so very worth it and I love it. Also I’m proud to be a gator, again!

Kayla Hauge

Kayla Hauge

Class of August ’18

Miami, FL

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