Since You Asked:
I came to college as an Aerospace Engineering major because I like learning about the principles that guide the fields of engineering, math, and physics and being able to apply that knowledge to build flying machines.
However, there's more that I wanted to learn.
Outside my major, I explored product design and development in every way I could.
I developed skills through additional honors programs and extracurriculars that helped me get a full-spectrum look at how products are inspired, designed, developed, and sold. I didn't know exactly where I was going, but I was passionate about and wanted to learn about everything surrounding the creation of useful things.
The Venn Diagram
My experiences and interests span business, design, and technology. When working on teams, I can bring those experiences together to effectively communicate with specialized team members, and in those discussions be able to represent the concerns of other specializations. Overall, it allows me to think about a problem from multiple perspectives and help holistically evaluate and prioritize what to build.
Hackathons were where I learned about D.I.Y. creative prototyping with technology. Through these events, I developed new skills while bringing my ideas to life.
An early interest in industrial design led me to read the seminal text The Design of Everyday Things by Donald Norman. This planted the seeds for my interest in UX design, which I dove head-first into my sophomore year. I strive to incorporate user experience and aesthetic design considerations in all my work and always get user feedback as early as possible when making anything.
I entered a product design and consulting honors program, QUEST, that is based in the Robert H. Smith School of Business, where I studied business concepts, design thinking processes and practices, and learned to build valuable business cases.
Bringing it all together
Working at the intersection of these areas is what I love to do. My projects in UX design take into account how the software will be built, or what front-end framework will most likely be used. My consulting projects have taken user data into account when making recommendations. My technology projects often come with a potential business pitch/plan/purpose. And overall, I enjoy working with a variety of people with a range of skillsets and viewpoints on these projects.