I have always loved to sketch and paint. I recall when I was six or seven years old, that my cousin told me about one of the graphic arts degrees in Texas that she was interested in getting after she got out of high school. I took informal, non-credit courses in cartooning and Sumi-e painting when I was in my twenties, but didn’t seriously consider a graphics degree at the time.
I gradually became more and more interested in making a career in graphics. When my Dad was considering a transfer to Atlanta, I researched graphic designer degrees in Georgia. Unfortunately, the transfer didn’t pan out (there were no good graphics programs in the area we lived in at the time).
The governor of our state talked up the idea of graphics programs in state community colleges in his second inaugural speech, and I was excited by this, but it didn’t work out as I hoped it would. I qualified for financial aid, but could not get the program I needed at participating schools.
After my recent marriage, I relocated to Detroit. I checked out Michigan graphic designer degrees, and liked what I found. I just enrolled in 101 graphic design schools. After several false starts at a career, I believe I have found the place that will give me the skills and vision to earn a good living and enjoy my work as well.