Art had always been my favorite subject in school. I was overfilled with joy whenever I was assigned a project that had some sort of artistic component to it. In grade school I was very shy and for me art was the easiest way to express myself. Rather than talking, I let my work do it for me. Quite frankly I yearned for the opportunity to make something and be able to express myself creatively.

Looking back at it now, as a child and through out my adolescent years, I had always been practicing elements of graphic design. As a young girl I would always make menus and store signage out of construction paper whenever I played pretend. I had quite the collection of gel pens that helped make my lettering even prettier.  I was in my middle schools Leadership program and whenever we had to make flyers I always wanted to use Photoshop because it was so much cooler than Word. I remember sitting next to my dad, watching him Photoshop a headless horseman for the school’s Halloween dance flyer, while I told him my vision. Little did I know it was meant for me to be a designer.

It wasn’t until I was applying to colleges that I knew I wanted to study what I loved and make a career out of it. So, in fall of 2010 I attended the College of the Arts at California State University, Long Beach. I studied there for the next five years eager to learn more about art and design as the years progressed. In 2012 I joined a professional business fraternity know as Alpha Kappa Psi. AKPsi provided me with a fail-safe learning environment that helped sharpen my design skills. When my designs were implemented during each recruitment season I learned what worked and what I should improve upon. As historian I worked on improving my photography. My proudest accomplishment would have to be placing third in the Fraternity’s Principled Business Leadership Institute.  We were the first team to ever compete from the Delta Omicron chapter of Cal State, Long Beach. We presented a marketing case, I acting as the creative director for the group. As a designer public speaking is a challenge for me. The fact that I was able to overcome it by presenting my designs with confidence and placing is a huge accomplishment for me.

I graduated in the summer of 2015 and since then have been striving to perfect my craft and become a stronger designer.  I aspire to work with and design for companies that do good in the world. I want to help them market the best version of themselves through branding and photography. A brand’s identity is the essence of a company. It is crucial that it be reflected in all aspects of the design in order to communicate to the world who they are and the positive impact they have on this planet.

 
" I yearned for the opportunity to make something and be able to express myself creatively. "