Maya Angelou giving Graduation Speech at SCAD in 1998

Cause I’m Happy!


Fall of 2006 I sat in my very first class at the Savannah College of Art and Design, at the brand new Atlanta campus. The following quarter I moved to Savannah to pursue Interior Design. I met Frank Gehry, Johnny Cupcakes, Augusten Burroughs, and by Summer of 2009 I finished my BFA with an amazing speech by Glenn Close.

2 days later I began my MA in Interior Design, back in Atlanta. It didn’t take long, however, for me to realize that this wasn’t the major I should be taking and instead went back to Savannah to become one of 6 students to ever receive an MA in Design for Sustainability, the only degree of it’s kind, from the first school to ever offer it. This degree, and the first, took me on a trip to New York for three weeks to meet with some of the top companies in my industry. Back to New York to Intern for the number one Architecture firm in the world, Gensler. It allowed me to do projects with and for the City of Savannah, Chick-fil-A, JCPenney, Whole Foods, and IDEO. And presented me with the opportunity to go live and study at SCAD’s new Hong Kong campus - during it’s second quarter opened - which changed my life. It was during this time that I had the chance to experience life through the eyes of photographers, advertisers, and graphic design students, as these were the only majors this campus offered at the time. I was inspired. I returned to Savannah 3 months later and walked the stage one more time to receive my 2nd degree in the Summer of 2011 with another amazing speech, this time from Whoopi Goldberg.

But something was still missing, and I didn’t feel finished. I returned to Atlanta, where I was informed that I could still receive enough scholarship to last me 2 more years, an offer I couldn’t refuse. Within a few days I had registered for graphic design and began my third round at SCAD. This degree got me interviews with Ogilvy, IDEO, Perkins+Will, IBM, Clodagh, and a freelance job with Fitzgerald + Company. It allowed me to meet Massimo Vignelli, do a project with and for the CDC, Sears Holding and Joe Boxer, and by Summer of 2013 I entered my first real job as a Designer for the Coca-Cola Company. Tonight, Spring 2014, I crossed the stage one last time, after an incredible speech by editor-in-chief of Architectural Digest, Margaret Russell. And it ended with a bang and a nod from President Paula Wallace to be happy! And I am!

I can honestly say I walked across that stage and knew I was done. My SCAD career had finally and gracefully come to an end. I accomplished everything I set out to do at SCAD. I took a class in almost every major I had an interest in. I finished everything I started. I saw the world, I made friends with some of the most brilliant and talented people out there. Have been completely humbled by the support and care from every Professor I have had, in addition to most of the faculty who became my extended family. And I now work for the world’s favorite brand who’s one mission is to make people happy!

Don’t Date a Girl who Travels

She’s the one with the messy unkempt hair colored by the sun. Her skin is now far from fair like it once was. Not even sun kissed. It’s burnt with multiple tan lines, wounds and bites here and there. But for every flaw on her skin, she has an interesting story to tell.

Don’t date a girl who travels. She is hard to please. The usual dinner-movie date at the mall will suck the life out of her. Her soul craves for new experiences and adventures. She will be unimpressed with your new car and your expensive watch. She would rather climb a rock or jump out of an airplane than hear you brag about it.

Don’t date a girl who travels because she will bug you to book a flight every time there’s an airline seat sale. She wont party at Republiq. And she will never pay over $100 for Avicii because she knows that one weekend of clubbing is equivalent to one week somewhere far more exciting.

Chances are, she can’t hold a steady job. Or she’s probably daydreaming about quitting. She doesn’t want to keep working her ass off for someone else’s dream. She has her own and is working towards it. She is a freelancer. She makes money from designing, writing, photography or something that requires creativity and imagination. Don’t waste her time complaining about your boring job.

Don’t date a girl who travels. She might have wasted her college degree and switched careers entirely. She is now a dive instructor or a yoga teacher. She’s not sure when the next paycheck is coming. But she doesn’t work like a robot all day, she goes out and takes what life has to offer and challenges you to do the same.

Don’t date a girl who travels for she has chosen a life of uncertainty. She doesn’t have a plan or a permanent address. She goes with the flow and follows her heart. She dances to the beat of her own drum. She doesn’t wear a watch. Her days are ruled by the sun and the moon. When the waves are calling, life stops and she will be oblivious to everything else for a moment. But she has learned that the most important thing in life isn’t surfing.

Don’t date a girl who travels as she tends to speak her mind. She will never try to impress your parents or friends. She knows respect, but isn’t afraid to hold a debate about global issues or social responsibility.

She will never need you. She knows how to pitch a tent and screw her own fins without your help. She cooks well and doesn’t need you to pay for her meals. She is too independent and wont care whether you travel with her or not. She will forget to check in with you when she arrives at her destination. She’s busy living in the present. She talks to strangers. She will meet many interesting, like-minded people from around the world who share her passion and dreams. She will be bored with you.

So never date a girl who travels unless you can keep up with her. And if you unintentionally fall in love with one, don’t you dare keep her. Let her go.

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