What made you decide to pursue your degree in WDOC?
I wanted an online program that allowed me to study and work full time, with flexibility to shape my own schedule but enough live interaction that made the learning environment feel like an in-person classroom. This program, in my opinion, has that perfect combination, making for a unique learning experience.
What has been the biggest thing you have learned in your classes?
I have learned to design thoughtfully. Whether I’m tasked with designing a logo, producing a video or a coding a website, I’ve learned to take the time to consider the reason behind every design decision, making sure that every element has a purpose.
What have you learned in your classes that you have already applied to your job?
At the time of writing this I’ve completed just three classes, but I can say that each has given me the confidence to think outside the box. For my day job, I’ve designed a visual identity for a new online feature, I’ve applied my knowledge of HTML and CSS to contribute to an ongoing website redesign project, and I’ve had the chance to create a short educational how-to video.
What are your career aspirations?
I’m one of those people who can’t sit still – I’m always looking for new things to do, skills to learn or projects to undertake. I see myself working as a digital media manager for a public relations agency or a statewide advocacy/policy group, while running a small freelance shop in my spare time that allows me to take on short projects for causes I’m passionate about.
What accomplishment are you the proudest of achieving?
So far, I’m proud of myself for finally putting together a portfolio website. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for some time, but it wasn’t until I took the Web Design Principles class that I decided seize the opportunity and design/code a portfolio site as my final project.