UXDI Introduction:

A Christmas Miracle

I’ve always loved making things. Theres just something so satisfying about that feeling of accomplishment after putting in hours of work turning, what was once a vision, into a reality. I love that feeling. I’ve made short movies, furniture, sculptures out of empty beer cans, and even dipped my toes into producing hip op beats for my rapper friend. We all have at least one rapper friend. My name is Evan Krone, I love dogs, and I love making things.

When I started college three and a half years ago, my “plan” was get a marketing degree, then a job. I didn’t know why I chose marketing, it just seemed like the right thing to do. Everyone I knew, from my brother to all my closest friends, were all doing some form of business, so naive, fresh out of high-school old me decided to go with the flow and hope that everything figures itself out on its own. I wasn’t the greatest at math so accounting and finance were out of the picture. Staying awake was harder than the tests in my required economics class, so you could scratch economics off my list of possible majors as well. All that was left was marketing.

Now, I was pretty excited about marketing. I liked that marketing felt like the creative side of business with the advertising aspect of it. I also liked that marketing was a very general and broad major with hundreds of different career options.

Fast forward to this year. After taking a variety of different marketing courses, however, I finally realized that maybe marketing wasn’t for me. I felt like I was on the wrong side. Marketing was teaching me how to sell things, but I wanted to be making them. I’ve never wanted to end up doing something I didn’t really love, and I made a promise to myself that I never would. So I left. Though I do plan to go back to, at some point, finish up and get my degree, I wanted to take some time off to really think about what I want to do, figure it out, and pursue it head on.

My semester had just ended and it was Christmas time so I wanted to put stressing about my future on hold until after the holidays. It was just being at the right place and the right time that led me here to ux design. I guess you could call it… A Christmas miracle. I was at a Christmas party with family and friends, talking to people I haven’t seen in years, answering questions like “how’s school?” and “when did you get so tall?” both equally difficult to answer. However, after listening to my awkward I-don’t-know- what-to-do-with-my-life situation, one of my parents good friends invited me into her office to meet a team of product managers and designers to see if I was interested in learning more about what they do. I accepted her offer and went in the following week.

When I walked into the office and met the team, and saw what they were doing I immediately knew this is something I’d love to do. For the first time in my life something clicked with me and I thought “I can see myself doing this”.

After speaking with people and doing a fair amount of research I ended up here at General Assembly, excited and ready to learn more about becoming a ux designer.

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