When I was 9 years old, my mom walked into our vacation hotel room to find me ordering that all of my cousins rearrange the furniture in the room because it was not to my liking. She laughed hysterically as they huffed and puffed and put all of their might into sliding the pieces of furniture into just the right positions. Apparently, I was a very convincing dictator at the age of 9. She did not mention it to me until years later, when I realized the event’s significance.
Time went by and I had many different interests and talents, but none that I had focused on. When you enter your senior year of high school, you generally have a pretty good idea of where you want to go from there. All I knew was that I wanted to do something fun. Having no idea what that would be, I took my first high school art class during my senior year, just for fun. I always loved all forms of art and creativity, but never thought that I could make a career out of it. So as I sat with all of the freshman in my first art class, I became discouraged by their talents. As it turns out, I was actually fairly skilled at drawing and painting. I was baffled by my talent and had no idea where it came from. Both of my parents are in the medical field, and were probably confused by my choice of elective class.
As I discovered my own creativity very late in my adolescence, I began to consider Interior Design as a potential realization of my ideas. At first, I thought that I wanted to be an interior decorator, and that there was no difference between the two professions. As I did more research on the career path, quickly nearing my application deadline, I learned about the importance of Interior Designers. The career of Interior Design is much more than pretty colors and draperies. I learned that it involves issues of life safety, environmental responsibility and even human behavior and psychology. It was the perfect combination of art and science, my two polar opposite academic loves.
After all of these years of uncertainty, I remember that day when I was 9 years old, putting my poor little cousins to work. Looking back, I can see a preface for my leadership skills, my creativity and my broad academic interests, all of which are a necessary component to the career path of Interior Design. I think I knew all along what I wanted to do, I just didn’t know what to call it. With Interior Design, I get to do everything that I love and channel it all to one purpose; bettering the lives of those that I design for. I cannot wait to study math, science, psychology, art and everything else that comes with the profession of Interior Design.
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