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There is no definite or perfect journey. Unlike other careers, design (like learning) is a lifestyle.
Founder & Creative Director, UNÁNIME
Majo Crespo studied at Shillington New York
What would you say to someone skeptical about Shillington’s 3-month design course?
Go for it! If you are having second thoughts let me help you with it:
- Not sure about moving to another city? That’s what life is for, to get challenged. I promise you’ll adapt (and if not, it’s only temporary).
- Worry you won’t understand the language? Chill, everyone at Shillington is super kind and patient. The Australian accent? You’ll get the hang of it in no time.
- Thinking you won’t have enough money? I thought the same thing. Set your priorities, save like crazy and you’ll collect it. Anyway, you can always wait for the next semester until you have it all.
- Not ready to immerse yourself in a new culture? As a Latina let me tell you, you’ll adapt. You will be surrounded by so many wonderful people. I met at Shillo one of my best friends to this day.
- Feeling to young or too old? Calm down! I had classmates who were 18 y/o as well as 55 y/o. All fantastic designers.
- Not sure about your design ability? Don’t think it twice. That is what you’re going to find out!
Why did you decide to study abroad at our New York campus?
A year before taking the course, February 2018, I traveled to New York City by myself. I was going for a concert of my favorite childhood band and also doing some exploring. 10 years since my last visit and of course, I fell in love immediately.
Second day. Morgan Street, L train. I will never forget it. I hopped in and as a crazy fan of subway ads, I had a look at each one in my wagon. Shillington’s ad was there. It crossed my gaze and I won’t lie, it spoke to me. That same night I talked to my parents, visited the campus some days later and made my decision.
What top advice would you give to someone just starting out as a designer?
There is no definite or perfect journey. Unlike other careers, design (like learning) is a lifestyle. You can see design, smell, feel, speak, touch it. Design it’s everywhere. That is why being curious and observant is key. I would recommend that before jumping all the way, take a couple of internships in different design disciplines, listen to podcasts and definitely watch “Abstract” on Netflix. Do not hesitate too much, we are always in need of more talented designers!