I’m excited to announce that I was recently elected to the ASID Washington Metro Chapter’s Board as Communications Director, beginning in October!
The role includes overseeing the chapter’s newsletter, website, public relations/media outreach, directories, and other internal and external communications. What I’m most looking forward to is another opportunity to give back to the chapter since it has served me well so far in my career.
Since Carolin is my mentor, when she suggested I get involved in the chapter upon graduation, naturally I followed her advice. She served as the chapter president in the past and speaks highly of the opportunities it provided her during the start of her career, as well as now.
I credit much of where I am today in my career to the education, support, and network of resources I’ve gained from my involvement in the chapter. After serving as co-chair of the chapter’s Emerging Professionals committee for a year and a half, I am eager for this next opportunity to serve the chapter.
Starting this evening, I will be attending several sessions as a mentor to a senior class at Marymount University. It’s something that I was fortunate to experience in my senior class when I attended Marymount and I am enthusiastically anxious to pay it forward. I still remember those sessions, even after four years. I especially remember the mentors that came to our classes to help us with our final projects.
I’ve been back to Marymount several times since graduating. One was to participate in a grueling three day workshop to prepare for the NCIDQ (National Council for Interior Design Qualification) exam. It had been two years since graduation but not much had changed. It was nice to walk to down memory lane, but I was also thinking about what had been available to recent graduates at other schools to enhance their education. Then in December, I was asked to speak to a new interior design class. Walking through the hall this time, it was apparent that much had changed. Offices and walls had moved. One of the drafting rooms had been updated with a computer lab, making it much easier to accomplish CAD work without competing for use of the other labs at the university. They even talked of getting a 3D printer, another plotter, and adding additional classes for CAD drafting.
I’m anxious to see how the current interior design seniors at Marymount have transitioned from where I was four years ago to today. And I look forward to continuing to support my alma mater and the students moving forward into the interior design profession.