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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

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:

  1. 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).
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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!

Check out Majo’s interview on the blog and keep up to date with all her latest projects on her website.

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