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Student Success - Lauren Liess
Student Success - Lauren Liess
By NYIAD Mentor on October 5th, 2018

Sometimes it takes a while before you realize that the things you love to do most are the same ones that can earn you money. That’s right - you don’t have to work in an office from 9-5 or stare at a computer screen all day.This is what Lauren Liess found out after graduating from college. From the time she…

Student Success: Sandra Mijan
Student Success: Sandra Mijan
By Michelle Ecker on March 22nd, 2018

Ever since she was young, Sandra Mijan has been drawn to interior design. She has memories of being 5 years old, mentally rearranging and redecorating rooms in her head as her imagination wandered to the field of staging and design. When she was 20 years old, her family moved from Yugoslavia to the United States as refugees. After completing years…

Student Success: Mary Plouffe
Student Success: Mary Plouffe
By Michelle Ecker on August 30th, 2017

After working in the museum industry as an exhibition designer and project manager for 18 years, Mary Plouffe became frustrated with the slow production process and limitations of the field. Having always been interested in art and design (plus always wanting to start her own business), she soon enrolled in NYIAD’s online interior design course. Today, she runs her own…

Student Success: Linda Huber
Student Success: Linda Huber
By Michelle Ecker on August 9th, 2017

After Linda Huber read the quote, “To our homes and workspaces- may they be our personal paradises,” she knew she wanted to learn more about the art of Feng Shui. Soon discovering NYIAD, she enrolled and began to use her knowledge designing spaces in the lives of herself, her family, and friends. Since then, she’s continued her education whenever possible,…

Student Success: Gina Nicole
Student Success: Gina Nicole
By Michelle Ecker on June 15th, 2017

In her early twenties, Gina Nicole met a feng shui practitioner who she soon hired to clear her home and adjust her color schemes and furniture placement. After realizing how positively these changes affected her relationships, sleep patterns, productivity and overall energy, she decided to pursue feng shui herself. After studying with BTB Feng Shui Master Edgar Sung, she decided…

Student Success: Tricia Mcintosh
Student Success: Tricia Mcintosh
By Michelle Ecker on June 8th, 2017

In early 2015, Tricia McIntosh took some time off work to do a little self-discovery. During this period, she realized how drawn she was to art and design. A newlywed at the time, she was especially fascinated by the eclectic interior styles introduced to her by her husband and was curious to learn more about their history and about how…

Student Success: Camille Besinga
Student Success: Camille Besinga
By Michelle Ecker on May 30th, 2017

While working as a Cosmopolitan editor, Camille Besinga realized how passionate she was about interior design. Shooting people’s fantastic homes for magazine features, she soon chose to enroll at the Philippine School of Interior Design as a part-time student. But after giving birth to her first child, she realized that commuting to and from school wasn’t practical for her schedule-…

Student Success: Rachelle Duesing
Student Success: Rachelle Duesing
By Michelle Ecker on February 15th, 2017

After researching several interior design schools, Rachelle Duesing decided to enroll at NYIAD back in April of 2014. After completing her coursework while simultaneously working in the insurance industry, she decided to launch a business of her own and is currently completing small projects on the side of her insurance career. On one occasion, Duesing took a complete hiatus from…

Student Success: Ada Gonzalez
Student Success: Ada Gonzalez
By Michelle Ecker on October 4th, 2016

After spending several years working as a production project manager designing promotional displays for high-end stores, Ada Gonzalez realized that her professional life wasn’t leaving her with any emotional fullfillment. Wanting to work in a field she felt passionate about, she began to comb through newspaper classifieds in search of a job she’d love. After realizing one afternoon that interior…

Student Success: Farha Syed
Student Success: Farha Syed
By Michelle Ecker on April 4th, 2016

When she was a high school student, Farha Syed began realizing her interest in interior design during a time when her family was touring new homes in preparation for a move. After working in JC Penny’s home department for several years, Farha decided to pursue her passion for elegant home design in a more serious way, and enrolled at NYIAD.…