A few short months ago, you could find me locked in my room with my laptop in tow, floating among cans of Monster energy drink and Starbucks cups, dreaming of when my senior year would come to an end. Since then, I have successfully landed a position here at Black Lake Studio, where my caffeine addiction, as well as my use of under-eye concealer and dry shampoo, has greatly decreased. It turns out that hard work really does pay off.
I am very proud of the time and energy I put into my college career and how it has panned out for me. With that, I especially feel very fortunate to have gotten a position at Black Lake, where I can apply and expand upon my education while growing as a designer. So far, I’ve been diving into the world of WordPress and also learning the ways of Black Lake’s process, which has been very valuable to me. One thing I found especially useful was participating in a mind mapping session, where I could better grasp our process and how we interface with clients at the discovery stage.
Making the transition from a design student to a professional has been many things for me: wonderful, slightly intimidating, relieving, and mostly, bittersweet. There are many aspects of school that I will miss, but I’m very thankful to have found that it is possible to have a bedtime earlier than 2:00 a.m., that work doesn’t always come home with you, and that a healthy diet is actually possible! I look forward to my future as a designer and could not be happier to have started my first “big girl job” at such a great studio.