It is slowly starting to hit me that my undergraduate career is coming to an end. No more cramming for midterms and late night study sessions, no more seeing my friends on a daily basis, no more sleeping in and being able to make my own schedule, and worst of all NO MORE SUMMERS :( Of course if I decide to go to get my Masters in HCI then I guess this will not be the end of all those things but still... it is the end of a very significant and an amazing part of my life. I am so grateful to have something lined up for when I graduate. A majority of my friends also have plans for after they graduate, however, a lot of them are staying in San Diego or moving elsewhere to start their post-grad lives. I have been so focused on securing a job for when I graduate college that I did not take the time to take advantage of San Diego this past quarter. As a San Diego native I feel like I took I took the city for granted: the perfect weather, the laid-back culture, and the multitude of events that took place every weekend. You really don't realize what you have until it's gone. That is why I want to utilize my last month here to absorb as much San Diego as I can. Besides anxiously awaiting my departure from San Diego, I reflect upon my time here and what I have accomplished during my undergraduate career. I think I am truly lucky to have find something that I love and able to pursue a career in something that I truly enjoy. To this point, I have done all my design positions with no pay. It does not feel like work to me. I enjoy solving problems through design. I think the field of UX is so amazing in the way that I can help others by making apps more intuitive and efficient whilst creating a piece of art that can be enjoyed by others. I do not know what I would have been doing with my post-grad life if I didn't take on the Human Computer Interaction degree but I hope that my story and my experiences helps at least one other aspiring designer.
I have learned so much in this past year about the UX design field and about myself. UX design has become a part of me. I am proud to be an aspiring User Experience Designer and I am excited for my future endeavors. This past year has greatly prepared me for the next step in my life journey and for my first step into the real world as a post graduate. One chapter of my life is coming to an end but another amazing chapter of my life is just beginning.