As a graduate from James Madison University, the purple and gold will always have a special place in my heart. There hasn’t been a lot of time to give back to the design community these past few years, but that all changed in late January when a van full of five, bright-eyed designers came crashing through my front door, eager to hear all the ramblings of my design career.

The main objective: prepare them for the real world of design and give them the insight and confidence they need to go out and land a great graphic design gig.

We spoke about the difference between awesome class projects versus real-world clients, reviewed projects and resumes and talked in depth about the path of my design career and what it has taken to land me where I’m at today. Before that day, I wouldn’t have considered myself a mentor, but it was truly inspiring being able to answer their questions and feel as though when they left, I imparted some wisdom on them.

I’ll never know if any of it was beneficial, but judging from the eagerness and talent I witnessed, these girls are going to have long and successful design careers.

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Funny enough, January was National Mentor Month! I have a thing for infographics and love this one! (click on image for original website)