While I was in school, I tried to enter as many student design competitions as possible. I always figured, what do I have to lose? If I don't win, no big deal, but it's silly to not try. Even though I did not place in every competition I entered, I was able to graduate debt free winning a total of $11,500. I am so glad that I decided to try!
My biggest win was a $10,000 award from the Daltile Interior Design Challenge. Even though it happened way back in June, I figured it was something I had better blog about! I had entered this same competition my Junior year of college and won a merit award. I knew I could do better the second time around! As I began looking into the 2015 competition, I was super bummed to find the deadline for the competition was the same week as finals. I knew I would not be able to be successful in my schoolwork and the competition, so I decided I would not enter.
The best day of my life (graduation!) came and went and Andrew and I moved to Utah where he had a summer internship lined up. In the midst of all this, my family had planned a river trip through Desolation Canyon on the Green River. A few days before we left, I received an email stating that the Daltile Design Competition had been extended and they were still accepting entries! Even though I had graduated the week before, this included any students in 2015.
I jumped on the opportunity and began working right away. The deadline was scheduled for when we'd be on our river trip so I pulled an all-nighter before we left and got my design in. Because I sure as heck wasn't going to miss a river trip! I'm so glad it all worked out.
The river trip was a blast and about a month later I received a call stating that I was the Grand Prize Winner for the competition! I was working at the time so my co-workers probably enjoyed watching me running around the office yelling "I won, I won!!"
Along with $10,000 I was flown to Chicago where I was presented a giant check and attended NeoCon, a design exposition for commercial interiors. I was able to rub shoulders with amazing design professionals and learn about the industry's up and coming products. What a great experience! I am so grateful to be a part of such a cool industry.