Thursday, September 10, 2015

Why I became a student at MATC?

--I saw my own potential
I moved to Milwaukee 5 years ago from my home town because I wanted to push myself to get more out of life; being a single mother of two kids, working at low paying jobs living pay check to pay check was not for me, so I decided to go back to college so that I could start working towards the career path of my dreams and one day be able to give my kids the life they deserve. 

-- Self Discovery:
I started my journey attending MATC Spring of 2013 in the Music Occupations Program; in hopes to work towards a goal of becoming a Music Therapist one day.
Check out my:Music Therapy Blog

 However, I was still in the process of finding myself and ended up changing my mind a few times; luckily one of my favorite teachers told me about the Individualized Program Plan; this plan allowed me to choose my own path instead of just following a Pre-Planned program plan. I really liked the idea of the flexibility of this plan because of my Entrepreneurial way of thinking and plus college is not cheap so definitely wanted to make sure that whichever direction I chose would not be a waste of time and money. I wanted to make sure that I graduated in a program that would help me build a career that I could see myself doing the rest of my life. 

-- Creating my Dream Career Path:
When I took my first Graphic Design (Adobe Illustrator) I figured out what I was passionate about doing, but I still wasn't quite sure what about Graphic Design I enjoyed doing the most and would want to put my main focus on.  I also became interested in Web Design/Development and Social Media as well because I believe that Social Media is going to be a huge part of everything within this next decade, and obtaining these skills will lead me in the right direction with my career path. 

-- Dedication Lead to Graduation:
Once I figured out the main career direction I wanted to work towards, I stayed focus and dedicated studying Graphic/Web Design and Social Media practices; and named my Individualized Program Plan that I created, "Advertising Media". In December 2014, my hard work paid off when I graduated with my A.A.S in Advertising Media in just under 2 years; with an overall GPA of 3.6.

-- Starting my New Life Chapters:
MATC definitely gave me the skills I needed to succeed and move forward with reaching my professional goals. After graduating I was able to land two amazing internships that were very closely related to the degree I earned. I am currently working as a Web Designer/Developer Intern at Milwaukee County- Department of Human Resources and I am also a Social Media Strategist Intern at United Way GMWC

I plan to finish the "Social Media Strategist" Program that I am currently working on by Fall 2016 and go on to eventually obtain my Bachelors of Computer Sciences or Web Design/Development.

-- MATC in ACTION Feature Story: (September 2015) 
This month MATC in Action did a feature story about me and another MATC Work Study Student that works alongside me at United Way; if you would like to read my featured story.