The 3 years that I have spent at Ivy Tech have been a life changing experience. When I started the summer of 2009, I had an idea of what I wanted to do but still had some hesitation. That fall, my views changed. I was immersed into the Interior Design program and I instantly knew I was in the right place. Now don't get me wrong, there were times that I had to stay up late and was ready to run for the hills, but that's college for you. In my eyes nothing is really worth it if you don't have to work for it.

Through the time spent at Ivy Tech designing spaces became second nature. When new projects were given a light bulb just goes off and instantaneously ideas start spilling out of your mind. I got to learn programs such as AutoCAD, Publisher, Sketch Up, and some Photoshop. I was also lucky enough to have designed for actual clients and do many service learning projects. I have been able to work on the United Way building and holiday show house fundraisers, Heritage Fund., and Children's Inc. I remember my first design project like it was yesterday. We got to choose from 2 clients, both were basements and both wanted similar use of their spaces. I got so stressed out because the client had a certain layout stuck in her mind and deep down I had a feeling that the space would flow better if I flipped what she was saying. I figured I might as well do it how I feel it would work the best and if she still wants it the opposite I'll change it. The day I presented my project to her all of the stress instantly disappeared. The second I showed her the floor plan and some of the accessories, she jumped out of her seat and started saying, "Oh I really like that!" and "I never thought about that, but I love it!" I guess what I'm trying to say is sometimes it may seem like it's not worth it, but trust me, it is. To see the excitement on a client's face gives you a sense of accomplishment and pride.

Thanks to my years spent here and my advisor and teacher. I have now been placed as a kitchen and bath designer before I have even graduated. I am so thankful for all of the teachers and peers that have helped get me where I am today.
Hayli Hopkins

My experience at Ivy Tech in the design program was exceptional. I finished my associates degree in the Spring of 2011 and am currently a junior at IUPUI. If it wasn't for the great program and dedicated professors that have a passion for teaching and design, I wouldn't be where I am today. I felt extremely comfortable in sharing my design ideas to the professors and other classmates in the various projects/assignments as well as gaining more confidence in choosing this specific major. I couldn't thank all my caring professors and classmates enough and will always remember my outstanding experience at Ivy Tech.