Pamplin grad designs her future one chart at a time – Jagwire
As Augusta University prepares to celebrate the first 2022 graduates in the spring, graphic design student Ashley Sanchez prepares for the next chapter as she eagerly waits to cross the stage.
Sanchez is originally from Augusta and his parents met when they were students on campus.
“My parents met at this university – in Washington Hall – when it was the student center. When one of the upstairs rooms was turned into a paint studio, I thought, ‘Oh wow! My parents met in this room, in this building and I am in class here!
Although she was initially interested in health care, she was encouraged by her parents to apply to Augusta University and experience all it had to offer. She felt she was following in their footsteps by choosing to attend UA. After some time on campus, she decided to switch to the art program and will earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Pamplin College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.
“I am an artist through and through. Ever since I was a young child I was into creativity – into drawing, coloring and writing stories,” Sanchez said. “When I finally joined the art program, I wondered why I hadn’t done it sooner. This program is for me. It was fate. I loved taking art classes and being a student in this program.
Early in her senior year, she was introduced to Ghazal Foroutan, a new assistant professor in graphic design. She mentioned how her experience has been enriched by learning from a new mentor.
“She is a recent graduate and was familiar with recent trends on social media and creating digital portfolios. And she taught us how to participate in competitions and make ourselves known. She was a very good mentor. »
She also noted how helpful the university’s career services were, as well as the ability to do her job on campus, even after hours.
“Good work sometimes takes time, and I learned a lot in this class,” she said. “But being able to access the studio after hours so you can spend time getting the job done has been invaluable to me.”
While on campus, she became the creator of The Phoenix, the magazine produced by the university’s students. With that experience, Sanchez feels confident in the skills and relationships she has built over the years to step onto the pitch.
“I feel prepared in terms of skills and I try to make my work speak for itself or speak for me. I also learn outside of class. Going forward I have to learn on my own and I think they gave me a great base to build on,” she said.
As she prepares for her next chapter, she looks for opportunities to design packaging for products.
“I’m very interested in packaging design. I think that’s what solidified my interest in graphic design by seeing howpallets, packaging and sheets. They are so pretty. I want to be able to do that too,” she said.
She strongly encourages future seniors to get involved on campus as well as to get more involved in the field of graphic design.
“Take the time to really learn the design programs and software to get familiar with it. Reinforce these skills and critique your own work. And to get better, take the time to do research and create mood boards to inspire yourself from other designers.
Augusta University’s Spring 2022 Launch Ceremonies will take place on Thursday, May 12 and Friday, May 13. Thursday’s ceremony will honor graduate students and Friday’s ceremonies will honor undergraduate students. Watch live events.