Why did you decide to go into industrial design?
I’ve been doing art ever since I was a kid. I didn’t want to do painting or drawing as a career because that’s really risky, so I wanted to do industrial design because it’s very technology-based. It involves different types of design, freelancing, all that stuff. I’ve been very interested in web design lately. I also think it’s very fit for my personality because I’m more analytical than symbolic and traditional.
What impact has this career path had on your life?
Nothing much yet, because I haven’t done the real design stuff yet and I don’t know much. After college, it will help me a lot, but right now, I’ve just been learning. I’ve been trying to find internships, but obviously, that’s a little difficult at this time.
Why did you choose The University of Texas at Austin?
UT just made the most sense. Not just money-wise, but also the connections they have with internships. It’s also better for me to be in a university because I also want to do a minor in business. If I went to an art school, I wouldn’t have that opportunity, because all the courses are art-related. UT is known for [McCombs School of Business], and I think studying business would help me in the future. I’ve always been very interested in business.
Have you always been interested in design specifically?
No, I actually didn’t know much about design until two years ago. I did portfolio classes [at Dream Art Studio in Carrollton] because you have to submit portfolios to art schools. [The class] is basically a time to set aside and work on your portfolio so you’re not getting sidetracked or you don’t procrastinate, because you have to submit 12-24 pieces to every art program you apply to. My teacher was telling me more about [design], and that’s when I got interested.