I started at the Exponent during my junior year, working as a photographer. Looking back now, I wish I had done it sooner. It has been a place I’ve always felt I belonged, which meant a lot to me in the middle of my college career. I spent my first year and a half at MSU with an undeclared major, unsure of what I wanted to pursue.
I always worried I wouldn’t be good enough or that choosing photography or graphic design as my major wasn’t the “smartest” option. (A word of advice: don’t listen to people who don’t think or understand that art is important and a valid career option. Do what you love and things will work out). Working as a photographer, graphic designer and, now, art director at the Exponent gave me the opportunity to explore the fields I love and I couldn’t be happier to be graduating with a degree in photography this May.
The Exponent has become somewhat of a second home for me. By that I mean I’ve probably spent more time in the Exponent office than my own house the past year; I just don’t have to pay rent there. This is not only due to the time-consuming duties of being this year’s art director, but due to the fact that it is an environment I truly love spending my time in. Although filled with moments of stress, they are far outweighed by moments of ridiculous, teary-eyed laughter. This is thanks to working with incredibly dedicated and wonderful people who make putting together a newspaper until the wee hours of a Thursday morning a pretty fun thing to do.
I’d like to thank those people — the editors, designers, photographers and writers — for making my experience at the Exponent one I will not forget. Thanks must also go to my friends, family and professors for supporting me through school stress, Exponent fiascos and moments of doubt. Thank you for showing me that I am capable. The past five years at MSU have been the best, thanks to all of you.