After spending four years at Temple University double majoring in Visual Studies and Advertising, taking 18 credits every semester, graduating Magna Cum Laude (on time), I realized that I came out with very little knowledge of what I wanted to do. That’s right — I thought I had it all together until the safety net of a structured institution was swept from under my feet and I found myself free-falling. With my lack of confidence, I somehow managed to land an internship in the New York of the Middle East. Yup, I was off to Tel Aviv for 5 months. I always pictured myself living abroad, but never did I think I would do it in the Middle East; nevertheless I embraced the opportunity. Let me backtrack a little: I always thought the way of the future was being creative on the computer. I hated computers, though. SO you see my dilemma. Eventually, the hate turned into determination which turned into frustration which turned into acceptance and finally love. I pretty much went through the five stages of grieving while learning the Adobe Creative suite. Anyway, since I thought there was nothing more impressive than being a graphic designer (and I still do, for the most part) that is what I aspired to gain from this internship. I interned at McCann Erickson in Tel Aviv, and in addition to a slight language barrier, I realized that graphic design really wasn’t me. I guess I still view it as another means of making fine art, which is fine, but that really hindered me as a designer. Design and visual art are two completely different things — let me tell you. That is when I realized that it was time to try something new and to let go of what I think design means, what it means to be an artist, what’s right and wrong, etc. SO, I made a change and enrolled in General Assembly’s Immersive User Experience course. I am here to learn what design really is. I am here to understand people better. I am here to create union between the two and I am here to change up what design means and add my own flair. I expect to design that “sweet” portfolio we keep referring to and I expect to be proud to call myself a UX designer by the end of this intensive, emotional roller coaster of a course.