Grad Profile: Jocelyn Garcia

Jocelyn Garcia is a first-generation student graduating with a degree in Visual Communication Design and a minor in The Arts.  She has also been recognized on the Honor Roll and the President’s list multiple times.

Why did you choose WOU?

I chose WOU because of its great art program and community. Since it was very close from home, I was able to get the degree I wanted with a reasonable commute. I especially enjoyed the fact that there were small classes. I was able to truly communicate and connect with my fellow graduates and professors in order to establish my networking skills.

What do you love most about WOU?

I love the amazing connection the university has with its students, I never felt alone throughout my years as an undergrad. The faculty here at WOU really made sure I had the tools to succeed and make my dreams come true. The foundation they have established is very powerful and encouraged me to push my limits and mature as a student and artist.

What do you love most about the degree you completed?

What I love the most about my major is the variety of options I have in pursuing my career. I enjoy having the ability to choose a job that not only fits with my major, but most importantly one that fits me.

What has been your biggest achievement, success or accomplishment in college?

My biggest achievement in college was being a full-time mom and a full-time student, and for a portion of it, I was also working. I know for a fact that I was able to achieve it because of the great support of my peers and professors here at WOU.

Has there been a class or professor that has been particularly inspiring to you? Please tell us about it!

All of my professors inspired me in a huge way throughout my studies. The professor that made the biggest impact in my career was Gregory Poulin. He still inspires me every day and challenged me the most as an artist, he really took part in my maturity as an artist and student. Gregory most definitely provided me with the tools and techniques that make me the artist I am now.

What will you miss most about college?

I will miss the direct communication with the faculty and students that I had here daily. The interaction between my mentors was very valuable for me and will be greatly missed. Especially the well-equipped art studios and technology that is available here at WOU for the students.

What are your plans for after graduation?

My plans are to pursue my graphic design career with a small company here in Oregon. Also a big company such as Nike, Adidas, or Underarmour located here in Oregon.

What advice do you have for current and future Wolves?

My advice for future or current students is to take a deep breath and know that everything is okay. You will get to where you want because WOU will make sure you get there and provide you with tools, experience, and advice you need in order to also be successful.

What do you know now that you wish you knew your first term in college?

I wish I was more aware of the fact that it’s okay to fail every now and then. Once I learned that from my professors I was more open to new ideas, new adventures, and new challenges. I succeeded more and enjoyed my college time more. I was not as stressed as when I first started my studies.

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

My favorite space on campus is Campbell Hall because of its rich history and great art classrooms. I was able to relax in the seating area and draw. It was very convenient to be able to access different studios within the same building, most importantly in between classes.

What’s the most important lesson you learned about yourself while in college?

I learned how to access my creativity through the skills and techniques I learned here at WOU. I also learned a lot about my self; the things I am able to do, the things I can create. Most importantly I learned that I already was capable of achieving my dreams, WOU made sure I know that.

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