Whether it was through the lines of a charcoal drawing, the mastery of the kick-serve in tennis, or the long ride down a slow peeling wave, the art has always been present. In my young career, I have spent the better part of a decade preparing for a life in design. Before attending the Art Center College of Design, I received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Upon graduation, I moved to San Francisco to pursue a childhood dream of owning a clothing company. For five years, I developed the brand and learned the business. While success was not found in an overwhelming influx of cash, I was rewarded with the recognition of my passion, design.

Knowing that there was room for improvement, I took the work I had developed for my company, consolidated it into a portfolio, and applied to Art Center. While a staunch work ethic had been engrained into me at a young age by my parents, it was put to the test with teachers like Gerardo Herrera, who never accepted good or even great. They wanted exceptional, every time. After three years of hard work, I earned the honor of speaking to my graduating class as the valedictorian.

With the goal of using design to evoke change, I see these upcoming years as an opportunity to carry my education into the next decade.