What made you decide to pursue your degree in WDOC?
I hadn’t figured out what career path I wanted until a couple of years ago when I was volunteering with a local organization and helping design their website. It was one of those sites where you drag and drop the elements, so I became curious about the coding behind it and tried a free online HTML and CSS class. After that, I discovered UF (my alma mater) was offering an online master’s degree in web design and signed up straight away.
What has been the biggest thing you have learned in your classes?
The biggest thing I learned from all of my classes is the importance of your audience. Everything in this field revolves directly around your audience, so it’s important to do your research and keep your audience in mind at every stage of your design process.
What have you learned in your classes that you have already applied to your job?
I took an internship over the summer and the company that I was working for did not have a mobile-friendly website, so I was able to use my knowledge of responsive and mobile-first design to update their website and make sure it worked on different-sized screens.
What are your career aspirations?
My career aspirations are a tossup between full time freelancing and being a brand designer for a company. Creating unified branding, from logo design to web and print graphics to the website, is my favorite aspect of this field, so getting the chance to combine my favorite skills and work for a single company is my current goal. Once I get more experience in the field I would love to freelance full time and be my own boss.
What accomplishment are you the proudest of achieving?
I am proud of starting this program with little knowledge of web design and graduating with straight A’s. It’s unbelievable how much I have learned so quickly in the past few semesters and amazing how much of that I’ve already used in the real world.