The Student Ambassadors are a group of volunteer students who embody the Sessions College experience. They represent the Sessions College experience to interested parties such as prospective students and educational organizations and provide school staff input on educational strategy and planning.
Student Ambassadors achieve these goals by working closely with Education and Student Services teams. Since 2010, this group has been an important part of the growth and development of Sessions College.
Kerstin Briar is a part-time dental assistant, part-time sales clerk/receptionist from a small town in Interior Alaska. The daughter of a now-retired Air Force officer, she has traveled extensively, which fueled a long-time interest in art, also encouraged by an enthusiastic family. She puts her skills to work at everything from greeting card design, to type illustration, to figure drawing, to document formatting. Having recently begun a pursuit of graphic design, she is working to develop a versatile toolbox of techniques to aid her entry into the design field, either as a freelancer or as an employee. Says Kerstin: “If I had two challenges finding a school, it was finding one that was both flexible and practical (not one or the other). Although I’m mostly settled now, I still need to travel often, on top of work. As a result, I thoroughly appreciate that I can do those things and also pursue a degree. Not just that, but it is up-to-date instruction, with challenging coursework, and with an active, relevant faculty.”
Rachel is a mom of three boys and a business owner. After being a stay at home mom for a few years, she decided it was time to seriously pursue her passion for graphic design. Sessions was a good choice for her because it’s allowed her to study and grow her businesses while still being home with her young children. Since starting school, she has built her own freelance business and from there, opened up an online store. Her design and marketing skills that she’s learned at Sessions have also helped grow her main business. She is looking forward to furthering her online education, and using her knowledge to continue to make a better life for her and her boys.
I’m Juan Manuel Parra Mazuera, a disciplined and determined student of illustration, art, painting, and everything related to it. I’m 20 years old, and I live in Cali, Colombia, with my parents. I wasn’t always interested in art, except in music as a younger child; but, I wasn’t quite disciplined. When I was 17, I was strongly inspired by a school classmate to draw, and I started self-learning how to illustrate since then. I love creating, visual arts, music, running, meditating, eating good food, and being with people. When I finished high school, I had a hard time deciding what I will do with my life; It was one of the toughest decisions I’ve made in my life. In the end, I went for studying illustration, and I’m so happy that I made that decision because I love it beyond words. Right now I only do my college work, practice illustration, go to the gym, sometimes practice piano, and go out on Sundays with my parents. I’m most determined than ever to make the best use of my time; I need to set that intention because I’ve had a hard time being productive and overcoming distractions. The idea of working in a studio with a team of high-level artists drives me to work harder.
Julianne Anderson is a wife and stay-at-home mom to 5 children. She attended some college before having kids, but never could decide on a major, so she ended up leaving school. About 5 years ago she discovered a desire to study graphic design and attended her former college part-time. However, her stay-at-home mom schedule didn’t work well with the traditional college schedule. She discovered Sessions College from following Dawn Nicole Designs on social media, and now Julianne can pursue her dream to become a graphic designer while also fulfilling her calling as mother. Says Julianne: “I love the flexible schedule of Sessions College. I can study and work on homework around my home-life schedule. The assignments are very diverse and allow me to learn and to grow in ways I couldn’t have done on my own.”
Hi I’m Ashley Rich! I have always been interested in art and design. Right out of high school I pursued a bachelor’s degree in Interior Design, but some major life changes altered my course. I have some experience in online schooling, as I later received my Associates in Healthcare Administration, so I knew that was going to be the right route for me, if, and when I decided to go back to school. I started a job that offered me the opportunity to pursue my passion for design, so I decided to take the leap. I’m currently pursuing an Advanced Certificate in Marketing Design. I hope to use the skills I learn through Sessions to help expand my creative reach, designing various marketing materials, flyers, banners, and communicating our companies purpose better.
Katie Nelson is a transplant Lexington Kentucky resident. She spent her early childhood in Papua New Guinea as a missionary kid, where the culture inspired her to build on her artistic talents. Katie earned her Bachelor’s in fine art from Asbury University and is currently enrolled in the Advanced Graphic Design Certificate through Sessions College. Katie’s husband is a pastor at a small church in Lexington. They spend a lot of time between the church and hosting parties in their home with their cat and three dogs. Katie is not yet working in her field of choice but spends a lot of time outside of her day-job running her Etsy Shop and doing live wedding painting. She hopes to build a career in logo design, branding, and package design.