Interview Series: College Edition
The “Interview Series” is a chance to look at women who are in school, working, or entrepreneurs. The women answer questions about why they do what they do, what they love about it, & what interests they had that led them to the place they are in their careers or in school. This is the College Edition, where college students talk about their decision on choosing their major, & their future plans.
Name: Jade Newell
School: University of Louisiana of Lafayette
Status: Senior-graduating May 2019
- What is your major?
My major is Visual Arts with a concentration in Graphic Design.
- When do you graduate?
I will be graduating in May 2019 with a Bachelor’s in Fine Art.
- What are your plans after graduations?
So, I have a plan A and plan B. My plan A is to move to Dallas, Texas and pursue a career as a full-time graphic designer. My plan B is to move home for a while if I do not get a job in Dallas right away. I would still work at my current job as the junior graphic designer.
- What internships/opportunities did you have while in school?
In 2017, I had the opportunity to have an internship in graphic design that later turned into a part-time position. Having this job really helped me to see what it is like to work as a designer in the real world, which also bettered my work in the classroom.
- What made you decide on this major? What subjects were you good at school?
I honestly had no idea what Graphic design was when I first went into it. I initially wanted to be an Architect, but after I saw those physics classes, I got out quick as I have a very hard time with numbers. My school didn’t have an Illustration major, which is something else I loved doing. So, a girl who was in my college orientation group said she was going into graphic design and it piqued my interest. I changed my major then and haven’t looked back since. I was always good in my Art and English classes, so I knew the art field was my calling. Thankfully my major allows me to use both.
- Were your parents/family/friends supportive of the decision? why or why not?
My family has always been extremely supportive of my decision. They also weren’t very sure what Graphic Design was when I told them, but they always pushed me to do the very best I can be in whatever I decided to do. Now that they know more about how my major works, they are always excited to see the new graphics that I am working on. My father and his side of the family are also artsy, so they weren’t surprised when they realized my talent in the art field.
- What advice would you give someone who’s thinking about majoring in the
same field as you?
You have to be very passionate about Graphic Design. Every day is a learning experience, especially in a society where trends move very quickly. Everyone has their own style, so never leave it. You also have to be willing to take criticism on your work and not always take offense from it. Some people may have critiques that you never even thought of before.
- What was the hardest thing you’ve learned?
The hardest thing I learned is that not everyone respects an artist and what we do. People tend to want to pay us less for what we do. Programs and legal uses cost a lot, and many do not realize that. We spend hours sketching and, on the computer, to just do one simple logo design. I had to learn my worth as a designer. We do our job to help others create their vision, but we also do it to provide for ourselves. So having to be strong and not compromise was a very hard thing to learn, but very necessary.