Student Success Stories

NYIAD is nothing without its student and graduates, and we love sharing student success stories. Below are stories about NYIAD students and graduates who have achieved success in their field of study. If you have a success story for us, we'd love to hear it. Click here and share it.
Student Success: Megan Davis

By Michelle Ecker January 14, 2019

When she was younger, Megan Davis sketched fashion designs and wedding dress concepts in her spare time. Always passionate about the creative arts, she knew from a young age that she wanted to become an event designer, planning high end luxury events. Now a graduate of the New York Institute of Art and Design’s Online Wedding Planning Course, she is the founder…
Student Success - Lauren Liess

By NYIAD Mentor October 5, 2018

Sometimes it takes a while before you realize that the things you love to do most are the same ones that can earn you money. That’s right - you don’t have to work in an office from 9-5 or stare at a computer screen all day. This is what Lauren Liess found out after graduating from college.…
Student Success: Sandra Mijan

By Michelle Ecker March 22, 2018

Ever since she was young, Sandra Mijan has been drawn to interior design. She has memories of being 5 years old, mentally rearranging and redecorating rooms in her head as her imagination wandered to the field of staging and design. When she was 20 years old, her family moved from Yugoslavia to the…
Student Success: Mary Plouffe

By Michelle Ecker August 30, 2017

After working in the museum industry as an exhibition designer and project manager for 18 years, Mary Plouffe became frustrated with the slow production process and limitations of the field. Having always been interested in art and design (plus always wanting to start her own business), she…
Student Success: Linda Huber

By Michelle Ecker August 9, 2017

After Linda Huber read the quote, “To our homes and workspaces- may they be our personal paradises,” she knew she wanted to learn more about the art of Feng Shui. Soon discovering NYIAD, she enrolled and began to use her knowledge designing spaces in the lives of herself, her family, and friends. Since then, she’s continued her education whenever possible, taking…
Student Success: Tricia Mcintosh

By Michelle Ecker June 8, 2017

In early 2015, Tricia McIntosh took some time off work to do a little self-discovery. During this period, she realized how drawn she was to art and design. A newlywed at the time, she was especially fascinated by the eclectic interior styles introduced to her by her husband and was curious to learn more about their history and about how she…
Student Success: Camille Besinga

By Michelle Ecker May 30, 2017

While working as a Cosmopolitan editor, Camille Besinga realized how passionate she was about interior design. Shooting people’s fantastic homes for magazine features, she soon chose to enroll at the Philippine School of Interior Design as a part-time student. But after giving birth to her first child, she realized that commuting to and from school wasn’t practical for…
Student Success: Rachelle Duesing

By Michelle Ecker February 15, 2017

After researching several interior design schools, Rachelle Duesing decided to enroll at NYIAD back in April of 2014. After completing her coursework while simultaneously working in the insurance industry, she decided to launch a business of her own and is currently completing small projects on the side of her insurance career. On one occasion, Duesing took a complete hiatus from work…
Student Success: Ada Gonzalez

By Michelle Ecker October 4, 2016

After spending several years working as a production project manager designing promotional displays for high-end stores, Ada Gonzalez realized that her professional life wasn’t leaving her with any emotional fullfillment. Wanting to work in a field she felt passionate about, she began to comb through newspaper classifieds in search of a job she’d love. After realizing one afternoon that interior design was the…
Student Success: Farha Syed

By Michelle Ecker April 4, 2016

When she was a high school student, Farha Syed began realizing her interest in interior design during a time when her family was touring new homes in preparation for a move. After working in JC Penny’s home department for several years, Farha decided to pursue her passion for elegant home design in a more serious way, and enrolled at NYIAD. Upon her graduation,…