What made you decide to pursue your degree in WDOC?

I decided to pursue my WDOC degree because of the incredible professors and support I received through the combined degree program. I chose to take some WDOC courses during my undergrad Advertising degree track, and I loved the curriculum and professors and I knew the skills I was learning would be beneficial to my career post-grad.

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

I’ve learned so many technical skills throughout the program, but the biggest thing I’ve learned is, like I said, communication with classmates and clients. The open communication relationship with teammates, clients and professors, made this program so much more enjoyable and really fostered relationships in and out of the “classroom”. It was really great to get to meet some of my classmates in person at graduation and communication throughout the process made the experience that much better.

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

Every hour spent learning Adobe programs has paid off immensely. I use Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator every single day at my marketing job. Soon, I’ll be working in WordPress re-designing our company site, so the knowledge I’ve gained from the all of the coding classes and the Capstone project will definitely be super helpful to me in the professional world as well.

What are your career aspirations?

I’m currently working as a Digital Marketing Manager and I’m really enjoying it. I’d love to do something that allows me to grow my web design skills further, possibly as a designer or a as a freelancer in my spare time. I’m so glad I’m working in a field that allows me to use my degree and everything I’ve learned throughout my graduate time at UF.

What accomplishment are you the proudest of achieving?

The greatest accomplishment for me was walking across the stage at graduation knowing I had graduated with my undergrad degree exactly one year before. The combined degree program allowed me to accelerate my time as a master’s student, which was a really exciting feeling. I was also asked to create a website for a local art festival, and the finished site was really well-received. It was a great feeling knowing my time and work had paid off.

Olivia Mack-Solden

Olivia Mack-Solden

Class of December ’16

Orlando, FL

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