Creativity in a career has always been a necessity for senior graphic design student, Jordann Wheatley. But she didn’t know where that passion would lead her at Missouri State University.
Wheatley knew she wanted to explore her own creativity and find where her skills best fit in.
“At first, it was kind of a leap of faith,” Wheatley said.
Apart from some art classes in high school, she didn’t have much experience in design. She knew she had a lot to learn.
Risks taken, rewards earned
Wheatley has come a long way since her introductory design courses. She’s now proficient in design software, building her portfolio and making her mark on her program.
The detail-orientated nature of graphic design allowed Wheatley’s skills to blossom.
“I always notice the little things,” Wheatley said.
Her attention to detail has helped her draw attention to big-picture topics.
She created a series called “Bears Support Bears” for one of her design projects. The campaign supports individuals suffering from depression, anxiety and PTSD.
“It was something that needed to be done and brought to people’s attention,” she said. “It was my message to those struggling.”
Being a Bear
Having previously entered the Be a Bear T-shirt contest, Wheatley learned from her experiences and returned determined to succeed this year.
The winner of the contest will have their design on the Be a Bear T-shirt and sold at the bookstore. Proceeds from the T-shirt sales support students facing emergencies.
She wanted her design to include the spirit and energy of Missouri State students. The spirit bursts and bright colors are symbolic of the excitement on MSU’s campus.
“I love the liveliness of campus and sporting events and the energy it brings. I think you can see all of the campus’s spirit,” Wheatley said.
As a senior, the next step in her graphic design journey is growing closer. She won’t forget the people who helped her reach success.
“I’m really connected to my teachers and classmates. I just got to know them all really well and got really close.”
Wheatley wants to make a career out of her passion for design. She wants to work for a company that holds the same high standards she does.
Above all, she’s excited to use her degree after she graduates.
About the Be A Bear Contest
The Be a Bear T-Shirt contest is a way MSU students can engage with the university and help their fellow students. Each year students submit their designs for consideration, and a committee of professionals and students chooses the finalists. Proceeds from the T-shirt help support the Emergency Scholarship Fund.
This year three designs were chosen and now, it’s up to you, the student body to decide which one you want. Voting begins February 11 at 8 a.m. and will close February 12 at 5 p.m.