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Fifth Week Recap by Patrick Lilley

August 19 2013

Mentoring Firm

Joss & Main

I can still remember the day when I joined Youth Design and also when I started my internship at Blue Cross Blue Shield. It was an amazing year full of learning and new experiences. This is my second year as a Youth Designer and I am working at Joss & Main. Comparing this new work place to where I was placed last year, there is a huge difference between the two. From the office space, computers, people, and the overall experience, this year to me is truly the better one.

My mentor Dan has been great. He has helped me find what I like the most out of designing. Each day when I walk into the office, I am prepared to learn something new about Photoshop or InDesign. Everyday I am ready to get some hard work done. The firm that I am in is wonderful and is a place I would love to work in. No scary cubicles like in the movies, the space is open full of great and funny people who get their work done. Just as I predicted on orientation day, this year is going to be fun.

Todays workshop was an Art and Design college panel. We got to hear from three wonderful college Admissions from MassArt, AIB (Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University) , and BAC (Boston Architectural College). They all came by and showed us what their design colleges require to get in. This workshop was very beneficial for me because I lacked the knowledge of what it takes to get into design colleges. Now I have an understanding on which design college I would like to go to and about design colleges in general.

With one more workshop approaching, the only thing I can do is look forward to it. Each Thursday Morning Session was exciting in its own way, and I cant wait for the next one.

- Pat
Youth Design, Class of 2013

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