Why I Chose to Be a Designer

My career has taken many twists and turns. When I was in high school I was very interested in English but mostly art. I was good at it. I took art all four years of high school, I was in the art club, and in general, it was always a part of my life somehow. I really thought I wanted to be an art teacher but was advised against it, because many people said there was no money in that line of work.

I don’t really remember how it came about but I decided I wanted to be a doctor. I was a pre-med major focusing in biology. I enjoyed many aspects of the schooling, but the farther I advanced, the more miserable I was becoming. I knew this life was not meant for me, but I was ashamed and scared to tell anyone about it. I finally realized one day I could not live for anyone else, I had to live for myself so I quit. I was not far from finishing my degree, but I didn’t care anymore. I decided I was going to major in journalism, because I really could see myself making a career out of it. I pretty much never looked back after this.

At that time, I never really thought about graphic design as a career although I did have a graphic design class, I was focused on journalism and being an editor. And that is exactly what I did. About a year after gradating with a bachelor’s degree in journalism, I landed a job as a Web Editor at the Yellow Pages. I stayed in this position for the next several years, until the office was closed in June of 2018. During my time there, I took an interest in graphic and web design. My colleagues were aware of my interest and to mix things up a little, they decided to train me on web design, and it was then I was hooked. I began doing designs for my husband who is a musician and for his recording studio, and I also designed two websites for him. I taught myself WordPress and Adobe Illustrator, but when the office closed, I decided I wanted to study design so I enrolled at Ivy Tech. That’s how it began.