How I Became Interested in Design

Describe when and how you became interested in art, design, writing, architecture, or the particular major to which you are applying. Describe how this interest has manifested itself in your daily life. The essay should be 250–500 words.


At age seven, I spent hours in front of my computer screen adjusting fonts, mixing colors, and creating graphics to design a new issue of Fashion Forward, my cutting edge fashion "magazine." Granted, hot pink, size seventy-two, Curlz MT font surrounded by comical stars was not the most visually appealing design that I have created, but I had a hungry audience of fashion conscious, lip-gloss-donning second grade girls. These miniature fashionistas ate up my articles on the hottest new ways to spruce up your Girl Scout uniform and the chicest new tops at Limited Too.

Fashion Forward came to an abrupt halt after the sixth issue when summer vacation ended, but my passion for design, fashion and communication lived on. Just as I spent hours manipulating text and graphics that came courtesy of Google Images for my fashion magazine in second grade, I now use the same eye for visual detail in my artistic expressions. I channeled my interests into taking advanced-level art classes, laying out the school newspaper, launching a fashion blog, spending my summers taking classes at Parsons The New School of Design, Drexel University, and Savannah College of Art and Design, shooting portraiture photographs in conceptual situations,...

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