Angela Padden was the 2015 Valedictorian of the Bachelor of Interior Design program and the Steeles Campus Valedictorian. In this Q&A Angela talks about what brought her this Bachelor of Interior Design program (now offered through Yorkville University) and what she will be taking away with her as she starts her career.
Q: Where are you from?
AP: Brantford, Ontario – but living in downtown Toronto.
Q: What brought you to the Bachelor of Interior Design program?
AP: To bridge my Advanced Diploma into a Bachelor of Interior Design in order to pursuit related industries or higher education (a Masters).
Q: Why did you choose your program?
AP: I had previous education in this field and felt that I could benefit from updating my skills.
Q: Why do you think you were chosen as the Valedictorian for your program?
AP: I believe I was chosen as the Valedictorian of my program because I experienced education across diverse platforms of learning (online and on campus). I held strong and positive relationships with the faculty and students here. Also, I always tried to push the program material further – specifically, collaborating with a professor to present my research from her class in two gerontology conferences outside the institution. This research, along with my interests in accessibility, enabled me with a strong thesis project, in which I entered into numerous design competitions that I pursued on my own.
Q: If you could offer one piece of advice to an incoming student, what would that be?
AP: My advice would be to ‘work hard with a positive attitude because you get what you give’. Also, that it’s about the journey or how you got there than necessarily the outcome – no time is worthless if you are pursuing your passion.
Q: What is one of the most important things you have learned/experienced in the Bachelor of Interior Design?
AP: The most important thing I have learned or experienced at in this program was that you can turn any project into something bigger and more valuable – if you want to. Some of the simplest assignments I put a lot of work into and later found it useful to reference or build off of. I remember repeatedly thinking “thank goodness I took the long route!” It all pays off somehow…
Q: What keeps you motivated?
AP: My motivation stems from truly being passionate about making a positive impact on people’s lives. I approach design with a sense of activism.
Q: What are your plans after graduation?
AP: My plans are to gain professional work within a multidisciplinary design firm where I can utilize my interest in accessibility and human spatial behaviour, while l integrate my research development in gerontology and practice of landscape design. Also, maybe one day, I will teach what I know.
To find out more about the Bachelor of Interior Design visit www.yorkvilleu.ca