What sets you apart from other young pros?
As a young female growing up in the Middle East, I stood out for breaking cultural walls and setting new goals for myself. The idea that girls don’t have the power or the ability to speak their minds and determine their future never sat well with me. I see my education as the gateway to using it for good and awareness, for critical issues that the world is facing, and earning the highest possible degree I can achieve. I yearn to make an impact using my art as a vehicle to unite people and ideas toward a world living in harmony and peace, which is why I believe in the power of education and learning beyond the classroom.
What is your proudest career moment (so far)?
My proudest moment is conquering my fears and performing on stage at the annual “Here Are All Black People” Multicultural Career Fair by The ONE Club Live Talent Pitch. I’m not a performer in anyway, and speaking in public terrifies me, I took that opportunity to overcome it, and realized it is not as scary as I thought it would be, and proud of myself for taking that step outside my comfort zone.
What’s something cool you’ve made / done recently?
One of the coolest thing I have done recently is my pitch for my Live Talent Pitch. “Here Are All Black People” Multicultural Career Fair by The ONE Club. I used my experience as a design student to write a song, and produced and edited the video. I’m proud of the outcome of the video and had a blast making it.
What’s something new you’ve recently learned?
I recently learned to be a sponge and absorb everything as an intern and to pay attention to everything. As a creative, I have learned the importance of knowing the basics of other disciplines, such as strategy, account management and the significance of being well-rounded and curious.
Where do you see yourself in in 5 years?
I used to daydream about being an Art Director one day, but thanks to events and the programming of FindSpark, I can make a dream into reality, and I see myself in five years being an Art Director.
What do you do to get inspired?
I’m very inspired always by my surrounding and environment; I enjoy taking my camera outside and photograph everything that intrigues me around the city.
What’s been your favorite piece of career advice you’ve received?
My mentor once told me, all ideas are scary, but to be able to grow, you need to be okay with being uncomfortable. Internships are just the beginning of your career, and it’s a time to learn, so don’t be afraid to not only make mistakes but to also learn from them.
What has been your biggest obstacle, and how did you overcome it?
When I was 15, I was told that when I finished high school, because I wasn’t book smart, I wouldn’t go far in life. That was the biggest motivational moment in my entire life because I knew I’d prove them wrong. 15 years later I won’t kill my haters with kindness, time or energy. I’ll kill them with success. Obviously, those people were wrong because I have developed a new hobby of collecting awards and scholarships. I didn’t let what other thought of me and my abilities to define me.
What’s your favorite part about being a FindSpark Member?
My favorite part of the being a FindSpark Member is the weekly emails, I enjoy the weekly professional development opportunities and insights on how to become more successful in my career.
How did you hear about FindSpark?
Emily Miethner Founder and CEO of FindSpark reached out to me on LinkedIn back in March of 2016 to invite me to be a scholar at the Career Groundbreakers Conference. I’m grateful for the opportunity Emily has extended to me. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have know about this amazing organization.
Anything else cool you’d like to share? This is your chance to brag!
I’m a Senior at New York City College of Technology, and I live in New York City. In the Fall of 2016, I will receive my Bachelors in Communication Design with a concentration in Advertising Design. During my time at CityTech, I have worked closely with the Art Directors Club and is President of the club, a student design led group that creates a yearly design publication CMD+J. My work has been featured in multiple galleries across NYC including the Brooklyn Historical Society: 2014 Exhibit Wonder: First Encounters with Green-Wood and the Grace Gallery Design Shows at CityTech.
I have recently been awarded the CUNY Service Corps Spirit award to represent New York City College of Technology, for my work as a graphic design intern at the City University of New York. I was given this award for embodying the program values, and emerging as one of the strongest program ambassadors and making a significant contribution to New York City. I have also received the Joseph Lento Scholarship for Academic Achievement. I’m also a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success as of Spring 2015 semester and was a panelist for the CUNY service corps 2015-2016 Kick-off event.