Growing As a Designer: My Last Week at Spark Corps

So this is my last week at Spark Corps as a Design Apprentice. As I’m wrapping up all my projects and preparing to go into my final year at Virginia Tech, I’m going to take this time to reflect on this summer. 

Project Management

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I was also able to work with the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta this summer. This was my main project where I was able to be project manager and learn all about what that entails. Typically in school, you just learn about the design process, but you rarely get to work on your project management skills- or learn what that even entails. For this project, not only was I designing the Program Guide, but I was also in charge of delegating work, keeping track of billable hours, and maintaining contact with different people within Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta.

By far, my favorite part of this project was being able to teach two middle school level Girl Scouts about design via the project. We met with the girls for three hour sessions every Friday to teach the girls about design process, be able to get their input on the design of the Program Guide, laugh, and make great memories. I was their age when I first started to get into design, so it’s great to be able to help influence the next potential generation of designers!

 

Networking

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Never underestimate the power of networking! I went from a networking newbie to a young pro over this summer. We went to so many networking events this summer and I was able to meet so many wonderful professionals in a variety of different fields. I used to think networking was a boring, tedious thing, but these events were all engaging and it was eye opening to meet people and learn about their experiences. 

 

The Power of Teamwork!

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The best part of this experience, by far, was my teammates. Each one of them was a unique help in their own way. I am so glad to have been a part of such a supportive team. They were always there to help you when you needed them and each person had a perspective on a problem that would help me come to a cohesive answer. They will be what I miss most about Atlanta and this summer. I will be forever grateful to have been a part of this team. 

 
Me "growing" as a designer!

Me "growing" as a designer!

All in all, this experience was better than I could have ever hoped for. I went into this apprenticeship looking for mentorship and experience working with clients. I am so glad I had both of those here and I learned so much valuable information from these experiences. I look forward to taking all the skills I have learned and applying them in all the work I do in the future.

Well, that’s all folks!

Until Next Time,
Veronica