At the end of the academic year, CCAD names the faculty-selected outstanding seniors for each undergraduate major. Today, in part eight of our nine-part series, meet Interior Design outstanding senior Katelyn Venia.
Q: What was your proudest achievement while at CCAD?
Being able to start up the ASID [American Society of Interior Designers] chapter again. The co-president and I worked really hard to get it off the ground and bring back that networking and professional spirit to CCAD and our major.
Q: What scared you the most while you were at CCAD?
The amount of work and deadlines. This program is really tough, and we are always under a lot of stress, but it really does prepare you for the outside world.
Q: What are your plans after graduation?
I want to stay in Columbus, and I have been applying for a lot of stuff. I am really interested in higher education in Interior Design.
Q: What’s your ultimate dream job or goal?
Just designing, honestly. I have thought about opening my own firm, but just being able to design for a large amount of people and having those people experience that is really important to me.
Q: Why is it important as an alumnus to give back to CCAD?
Especially in Interior Design, the insight you can get from people who have been through this before is really helpful. It not only clears up questions you may have, but it gives you contacts as you enter the professional world.
Q: Do you remember a single point that made you sit back and say, “This is why I am doing this?”
This year has been a good year for me, and those moments have happened a lot. In particular, last semester we did a hotel project, and we were able to really just do what we wanted to do. I was able to see my vision come to life, and I knew that this was what I wanted to do.
Q: What smell, word, or whatever will always remind you of your time here as a student?
Q: What will you miss the most?
The people here—our interior group is very compact, there are about 15 of us. We are really tightknit, and there is a lot of fun that happens. It is that family atmosphere that everyone thrives on, so hopefully I find a workplace that is similar to that.
Q: If you could describe what graduation feels like in one word or sentence what would it be?
Amazing. The amount of work that I have done in the past four years is insane, so it’s a good feeling and signifies the end of this time and my transition out. I am ready.
Q: What was your favorite class at CCAD?
There were a few, but probably display design. We have to take it as an advanced course, and I got some really good portfolio pieces. Justin Martini, who taught us, was really great about letting us run with our ideas and really pushing us.
Q: What did you like to do during your free time?
Relax. I love to read, and I haven’t read a book for fun in probably six months—I’m feeling deprived.
Q: What is your fondest memory at CCAD?
That would have to be last semester again, during the hotel presentation. I was able to have a relaxed presentation, and a lot of CCAD faculty and staff came through. It was probably the most fun presentation that I’ve had.
Q: What would you change about your undergraduate career?
I would and I wouldn’t change things. I would have maybe changed how I learned a little bit. I think I needed to see things a little better. We got a lot of information over our time here, and sometimes I wish I could have spent more time on some of those things.
Q: What is your advice to future CCAD students?
Hang in there, it is only four years. It is all worth it in the end. Do your best, people will notice. Work ethic is really important, and if you can show that, you’re good to go.
Venia is from Toledo, OH, and attended Whitmer Senior High School.
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