The experiences and education that I gained through the experience architecture program has allowed me to strive in my current role as a product designer with Ford Motor Company. At Ford, I am currently on the platform enablement team, we are responsible for providing tools and software to engineers within the enterprise.
During my time at MSU I also interned with the Digital Accessibility team at MSU. Having an extensive knowledge of accessibility through this experience has heavily influenced my design aesthetic and the way that I approach problem spaces today. My goal is to continuously build experiences that are accessible to people of all abilities.Outside of the classroom, I was also a part of Design for America, a student-led organization that focuses on creating social change through the design process. Here I was able to combine my passion for volunteering and design to help improve the community. While in Design for America, I learned how to apply the design process to real-world problems. The most notable project was a collaboration with the YMCA, where we worked to help youth participants of the YMCA become future leaders. Design for America was a pivotal experience that allowed me to understand different design perspectives from my peers and design experts.
The experiences and education that I received from MSU have helped me grow into the designer that I am today. Something that one of my mentors at Ford once told me is that Ford hires the top talent in Michigan. During your time at MSU I think it is important to not only diversify your experiences (extracurriculars, internships, etc.) but to stand out and set yourself apart from others by discovering what you are passionate about. And If you constantly push yourself to grow, you are sure to succeed as a designer.