Andrea Grisanti wants to pursue a career in graphic design. She currently works as a design intern with Strategic Communications and as the Student Communications Assistant for the Office of Adult Learning.
Andrea is one of more than 3,500 students eligible for spring/summer 2021 graduation. Learn more about her time at Wichita State and what is next for the grad.
What degree did you earn?
Bachelor of Fine Arts in graphic design.
What led you to Wichita State?
Wichita State was a local university with competitive pricing and a strong graphic design program.
How are you feeling leading up to graduation?
Currently, I am feeling a mix of excited and nervous.
What has been your most helpful learning experience while a student at Wichita State?
My most helpful learning experience as a student at Wichita State would be my job as a design intern with Strategic Communications and as the Student Communications Assistant for the Office of Adult Learning. Working on campus has helped me grow my network and get some experience in my field.
What was been your biggest challenge as a student, and how did you overcome it?
Due to a miscommunication in class requirements, I had to wait an extra year to apply to my program, so I’m a fifth-year senior. I took my in-between year to knock out a chunk of my general education credits. It definitely took patience and perseverance, but I am glad for the opportunity to connect with my current classmates. I am also grateful to be graduating at a time that looks a little more hopeful than last year.
What are your plans after graduation?
After graduation I will continue to look for a graphic design-related job in the Midwest. Ideally, I would like to stay in Wichita.
How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected your time at Wichita State or your post-graduation plans?
As with anyone, the COVID-19 pandemic has greatly affected my life. However, one way the pandemic has impacted me positively is that I now have experience working remotely. Even if I can’t find an in-person job in the area, I can leverage that experience to expand my search for employment.
What advice would you give other Wichita State students?
I don’t know how much longer we’ll be living the Zoom life, but I would advise other Wichita State students to turn their cameras on in class. It might seem like a hassle or even an inconvenience, but it can help you pay better attention and get more out of class. Plus, your professors will really appreciate getting to see your face.