What were you doing before Westwood?
Before attending Westwood, I was not doing much. I was just a 19-year-old kid who had high goals. Since the age of 12, I wanted to become a game designer, and after finishing home school, the first thing I wanted to do was head straight to college to study game art.
What was your favorite thing about Westwood?
Being an online student, I was concerned the class communication would be minimal, but I really loved the class interaction I received. Westwood College-Online really is fulfilling in that area, thanks to the class discussions and critiques that tie in with the assignments. I also loved the professionalism of the instructors. They offer valuable advice and are ready to answer questions. It’s hard to pick a favorite part of my Westwood experience because it was such a great learning experience.
How did you overcome any challenges you faced as a student?
In my last year of school, I was working three jobs in my field. But Westwood made it easy for me to set my study schedule, and I was able to balance everything and go to college full-time. Thanks to the open class set-up, I was able to work by day and do my homework at 3 a.m. if needed.
What's one piece of advice you would give to new students?
Dedication is the most important thing in being a successful student. I say that because if you are dedicated and committed to your field, then you should apply yourself and be more diligent in your studies. If you have the drive, then you have the will to succeed. If those factors are in place, then the rest is a smooth transition. It’s hard work, but worth it in the long run.
What are you doing today?
I’m currently working for two companies as an environment artist and one company as a comic book artist. I am even on the board of directors for one of the companies. All the skills I use for each of these jobs I acquired through my education. I love my jobs because they are all focused in the game- design field, which is what I’ve wanted to get into from a young age. I will continue to grow and bring my dedication to my field to make a name for myself, because game design is my life-long career choice.
How do you define success?
Success is when you have an education, have the career of your dreams and have a happy family life. I feel I am living the American dream because I have all of those things. I am humbly grateful for everything I have.