“What do you want to be when you grow up?” It’s a question we’ve all been asked, and answered with confidence, since we were kids. So then, why is it that as we grow up that confidence fades? And finding the answer gets harder?

It’s because figuring out what you want to do for the rest of your life is hard! And planning for the future can be overwhelming, especially when you are letting the doubts and fears of others hold you back.

So, don’t let them! You are in charge of your own life. You get to create your own path.

When I decided to pursue a career in Graphic Design, I knew people would have opinions…

“So, you, like…draw? What kind of job are you going to get after college by doing that?”

Well there’s a lot of options, actually. Logos, magazines, packaging, advertisements and websites don’t design themselves!

“Wow, being an art major must be so easy, I wish I just had classes where I could just draw and color.”

There’s a lot more that goes into being a graphic design student. We would learn the software and the different ways to implement them. We would learn the different types of graphic design like, branding, packaging, print, digital and web. We learn how to deal with clients and how to critique each other’s work in a professional way.

“Of course, your GPA is high, your classes are so much easier than mine”

I wouldn’t say my classes were easier or harder than anybody else’s. Everybody had their own degree they were working towards and each one has a different workload. I probably wouldn’t have gotten such good grades if I was a math major. My schoolwork consisted of me learning new skills and being passionate about my work, so my grades reflected that.

“You’re moving to Charleston? Good luck finding a design job there.”

If you have a goal, you set out for it. I knew it was going to be harder to find a design job in Charleston compared to a big city. But everything turned out just fine! I now work for one of the fastest growing digital agencies in South Carolina, located right here in Charleston.

“Why don’t you pursue a major with better career opportunity.”

I know what I am good at, I wanted to pursue that. If you are someone that’s good at science, you’re going to purse a job that relates to that. Just because design may not seem like a “better quality” career choice to some, it doesn’t mean that it’s a wrong one. I want a career that I enjoy, that I don’t dread going to everyday, and I have that.

I worked hard in college, went to all my long classes, paid extra art fees and met stressful project deadlines. Over the years I do admit life got overwhelming at times and it becomes easy to doubt yourself, but you have to push past it and stay positive.

I am out of college now and gainfully employed as a – that’s right – Graphic Designer for one of Charleston’s premier digital agencies and I LOVE IT.

Now I show people what I do and where I work, and all they can say is,

“Wow, that’s so cool, you’re so lucky!”

We live in a very judgmental world. Ignore the negativity, learn from failures and continue building your own success story.