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Graphic Designer, ABC Carpet & Home
Henriette van Baren
Henriette van Baren studied at Shillington New York
What made you decide to study in New York?
I was instantly impressed by the student work on the website. I had been wanting to go to New York since I was 16, but because I was in both fashion school and law school at the time, I could not leave Amsterdam. When I graduated, I knew I wanted to upgrade my design knowledge, and Shillington New York was an easy choice.
Any recommendations for students hoping to study abroad?
Jump in and go for it. I believe anyone will benefit from studying abroad. It is a great experience to step out of your comfort zone and be surrounded by new people and new adventures. You will learn so much about yourself and it is a real opportunity to rethink your priorities and where you want to go in life!
Since you already had previous experience in the arts and studying design, how did the Shillington course further build your skillset?
After I completed fashion school, I worked as a stylist for a little while but I soon discovered that the fashion world was not for me. I realized that the thing I had loved the most in fashion school was the graphic design part of it—branding and designing trend books. I had taught myself the basics of InDesign and Photoshop in fashion school, but I did not feel confident enough about my skills to apply for graphic design jobs. Right around that time I stumbled across Shillington, and from that point, I was adamant on going. At Shillington, I gained a deeper understanding of design principles and upgraded my skills in every way possible.