Raleigh, North Carolina
Nehmer and HVS design
HPU graduates go on to prestigious career paths around the world in Fortune 500 companies, international service programs, public school systems, top-tier law, medical and graduate programs and many other esteemed organizations through their journey at HPU. Here’s a look at an extraordinary senior from the Class of 2022:
Name: Anna Lomax
Hometown: Raleigh, North Carolina
Major: Interior design with a minor in visual merchandising
Post-graduation projects: Lomax has accepted a position with Nehmer and HVS Design as a designer, where she will provide interior design concepts and plans for various hospitality projects across the country. She will work specifically with Marriott and Hilton hotels, using AutoCAD and Revit software to produce floor plans and renderings, develop construction documents for renovations and new construction, and select furniture, fixtures and fittings. durable equipment for various spaces.
How HPU helped you get there: “HPU has provided me with essential life skills that will help me succeed in the professional world. The rigorous courses in the Interior Design program challenged me to push beyond my comfort zone and further develop my skills, and my teachers taught me the most common standards that helped me successfully prepared for today’s design industry. Additionally, attending college in the city considered “the furniture capital of the world,” gave me the opportunity to get involved in the events of the High Point Market chapter and the International Interior Design Association. Through these experiences, I networked with various industry professionals and expanded my knowledge of the many facets of design. HPU also helped me discover my career path as a commercial interior designer. I have always used the Office of Career and Professional Development review and improve my resume each year as I gain new experiences and accomplishments. During my freshman year, I attended seminars to get information about internships and the application process. Finally, last semester, while applying for full-time jobs, I visited my career counselor to learn how to tailor my cover letter and resume to each company. Before that, I didn’t know that a CV and cover letter had to be tailored specifically to each application and now I can take this information with me.
Most Impactful Mentor at HPU: “My most impactful mentor at HPU was Cathy Nowicki, Assistant Professor of Furnishings and Interior Design. She always encourages students to challenge themselves and consider different viewpoints when working on projects. She’s a friendly and knowledgeable teacher who can offer many resources for projects, design organizations, and career paths because she knows exactly how the design industry works. I talked with her for hours about different ways to further develop my designs. She encouraged me to find unique ways to showcase my talents beyond project expectations to promote a growth mindset. She taught me several courses where she inspired me to want to enter the retail and hospitality sector of the design industry. After my study abroad trip to Italy was canceled due to COVID, she generously created a project for me and another student outside of the scheduled program. I applied my skills and knowledge from my major and minor to designing my first retail store. To date, this project is my favorite, and I very much appreciate all Ms. Nowicki has done and for our relationship.
Most memorable moment at HPU: “My most defining moment at HPU occurred very recently when I found out that I had been unanimously nominated by the faculty of the School of Arts and Design to receive the Haverty Cup 2022 award. When I learned that I had been selected as an outstanding senior, I was overjoyed. It was unexpected and it proved that all my hard work and dedication to the school and my future career was noticed. I am extremely grateful to have been selected by professors who have watched me grow into a professional designer. This honor has taught me that others notice that your dedication and commitment are never overlooked, even if it sometimes does. air.
How has HPU’s inspiring environment contributed to your success? “HPU’s inspiring campus motivated me to become the best version of myself I can and work hard to achieve my goals. Looking at the beautiful campus every day and enjoying luxurious amenities made me want to succeed. It made me appreciate the path I have chosen in life.
What life skills did HPU help you develop that set you up for long-term success? “HPU helped me find my own path by providing practical opportunities throughout my four years. I have engaged with industry professionals as well as staff, faculty, and students who have different perspectives on life and different experiences. Through HPU President Dr. Nido Qubein’s freshman seminar on life skills, I learned that to be successful, you need to embrace those around you and learn from others. Another skill HPU has helped me develop is the ability to build lasting relationships and explore new opportunities outside of my comfort zone. These life skills helped me find a job in my field after graduation. »
What are the values and virtues that the HPU campus has helped you develop and that you will take with you after graduation? “The two values that HPU helped me develop are personal initiative and the extraordinary. I learned to surpass myself, to challenge myself, to try new things and to go beyond my limits. I will continue to adopt these values in my field and in my everyday life.
Hints for subclasses: “It’s important to learn to ‘work hard, play hard’ to avoid burnout. I like being busy because it strengthens my time management skills and motivates me to be more motivated with schoolwork. However, it’s just as important to find things you enjoy and decompress from the stresses of life. Explore new opportunities and get involved in different activities and hobbies that you are passionate about. Creating a balanced life is essential to discovering who you are as a person and allowing you to discover the strengths that will help you stand out among others in your industry.
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