I was studying Graphic Design at college and going to university seemed like the next logical step. I had actually tried to drop out of college and become an electrician but my tutor talked me out of it, and I’m so happy he did! I was set on moving away to study further down the country, however when I went to the Open Day at the University of Sunderland and had my interview, I got a really good vibe from the place and knew it was a good fit.
My favourite part of the course was my final year – I loved every project we did. The communication and connection with the other students and my tutors are what made the course great.
After I graduated, I got a job as a graphic designer at a fantastic printing company called Northern Print Solutions. It wasn’t easy, but I didn’t stop until I got the role I wanted. After nine months there, I applied for a job at one of the most established design agencies in the North East - Blumilk. And after a few interviews and a trial day, I got the job! I’ve been here 16 months now and I absolutely love it. Everything I learned at university helps in my work today. When I went to university at 19, all I knew was how to draw, I didn’t really understand typography, composition, layout, adobe or how to think like a designer. I dedicated myself to the degree and it all worked out for me.
Sunderland was just fantastic; it had a family vibe to it, which I know my friends who went to other universities up and down the country didn’t feel when they were studying. I met the best friends I could ever ask for and I’m great friends with my tutors. Overall, it was three amazing years of learning and growing. The best time of my life so far.”
Published 3 November 2020