Passion, perseverance, and authenticity. As much as I believed in the existence of those three things, I never truly understood the depth of each until I became a designer.
After graduating from University of California, Riverside in 2016 with a business marketing degree, I still did not know what my passion was.
So...I began my search.
To find passion, I traveled to Japan where I spoke about the importance of empowerment to over 1,000 Japanese high school students. Little did I know that while I was empowering these students to follow their dreams, I was also empowering myself. After multiple dream speeches and lots of tears on the return flight, I realized that my true passion is to use my creativity to make the world a better place.
So, I packed my life in two suitcases, booked a one-way flight to New York, and spontaneously enrolled in an intensive graphic design program known as Shillington. With little experience in graphic design, and no friends in the city, I feared that I would get lost in the jungle of dreams. Although that did happen (multiple times at wee hours of the night), enrolling was the best decision of my life. The program taught me everything I needed to know about design thinking, Adobe software, packaging, UI/UX designing and more. I instantly fell in love with the idea that creativity could be used to solve local and global issues. The program taught me much more than technicality, it taught me about perseverance in following my passion, as well as the importance of authenticity and finding unique solutions to age-old problems.
Now back in California with newfound knowledge of passion, perseverance, and authenticity, I am beyond excited to start solving problems with creative solutions, and making the world a better place while doing so.
Currently at IDEO's Design for Change studio.
Feel free to contact me for freelance projects!