The past year has been quite an exciting ride for me, from moving to New York, starting a master’s program at the School of Visual Arts, working on projects to build my portfolio, applying for internships, and finally getting a few offers.
Entrepreneurial Design, one of our Spring semester classes taught by Gary Chou and Christina Xu, feels like a right of passage. The first years must launch a Kickstarter project that raises $1,000 and gets 50 backers. More so than anything I've experienced so far in the program, EVERYONE is curious about it. 2nd years, instructors, alumni. It was so common to hear questions like "Has your Kickstarter launched yet? What are you doing? Can you send me the link?"
For the past few weeks, I have been looking into branding my thesis. My first impression was this is going to be a piece of cake and I will be able to complete it very soon. I soon realized that it was a lot of work, even though I stuck to the bare necessities of branding.
Everytime when I see Min in school, I screamed her name, MIN!! She is one of the friendliest and shyest classmates. But don’t let that fool you. Min has an amazing UI background and anything she designs turns into absolutely stunning pieces. Her thesis is about “Life documentation — How to create and manage personal archives.” And while we are in the final months of grad school I wanted to catch up with Min and ask her about her future in interaction design.
It’s been 3 weeks since we are back for our last semester ever. And what a busy 3 weeks it has been. We already had a job fair called Meet IXD, presented another iteration of thesis prototype and some of us have already gotten job offers. It's surreal to think that this is it. We only have < 100 days to go from the IxD program.
When I was home over winter break, my dad asked me if I had spent more time working in my first semester at SVA then I did in my entire four years at Lehigh. I told him that it’s close, but probably SVA.
As our graduate school days are getting shorter and shorter, I have worked with most of my classmates. I am close with some of them and one of them is Paola. I got to know her when we were grouped to work on our Crafting Interaction’s final project, Kiwi. She is also my accountability buddy in our thesis class, where we both keep track of each other’s thesis to-dos.