I’m told by family and friends often that I get my talent from my grandmother, Nanaw. My Nanaw shared her love for art with my sister and me as soon as we could hold a marker. Anytime we visited her, we headed to the craft room. Unlike most kid's playtime, ours was spent with acrylic paint and canvas; we were given guidance and support to create our own unique artwork. My Nanaw instilled a spark for creativity in our minds and inspired us to be creative in our own right. This spark remained even after her passing and was one I ignored when deciding what to major in as I entered college. 
Convinced I was going to be a nurse, I enrolled at Texas State University because of their distinguished nursing program. I soon discovered that this was not the path for me. I was craving to be creative and went in search of options. That’s when I stumbled upon Communication Design in the university's degree list. I wasn’t sure what this major entailed, but after my first semester of taking classes, I knew I was exactly where I needed to be. For the next three and a half years, I was able to be creative every day, and although sometimes it was exhausting, there was nothing else I would have rather been doing. 
By solving problems through design, my spark for creativity has never been brighter. I feel determined and eager to start the next chapter of life as it relates to design. 
Thank you, Nanaw, for my spark.
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