Aside from my four years at UIUC, I have had two past summer internships at Surge Innovations (2015) and the Chamberlain Group (2016). These internships helped to solidify my drive to be a designer and showed me that I have a skill set that is expanding and improving.
I am a designer because I value human interaction and experience with products. My design process focuses heavily on my user and how they think, feel, and experience a product and why they are this way. Overall, I am continuously looking for ways to improve myself as a designer.
From December 26, 2016 - January 7, 2017, I traveled and conducted research in India for a year-long, sponsored project through the Abbott Group. I went with two of my three group members and participated in field visits and interviews. This experience was my first time out of the country and it was my passion to understand my users and target market that motivated me to be a part of this trip.
I value research because it gives me understanding, purpose, and reason. It was the research that my team and I conducted in India that led to vital developments in our project.
If I am not in the studio, I am usually writing music. I am a self-taught guitarist and was trained classically in choirs from the time I was in 5th grade. Music has been an outlet for me and it is a part of who I am.
Being a musician makes me a better designer because I understand composition and telling a story. I believe music and design should make a person feel something and it drives me as an artist.