I called Beaumont, Texas home for the first eighteen years of my life.
Then I moved to Austin.
To the chagrin of my Persian family, I set off for the University of Texas at Austin with aspirations of becoming a toy designer. Noticing that toy maker gigs are few and far between, I decided to switch gears, move to New England, and pursue my masters at the University of Connecticut with a focus on Marriage and Family Therapy. While there I completed my internships and participated in various research projects with focuses on youth leadership and geropsychology.
After grad school, I moved to Michigan where I began to practice as an MFT with a focus on attachment disorders and trauma within a residential facility for girls. I loved the children but the work was heartbreaking and after a few short years, I “retired” to focus on my own family. While at home I started learning graphic design in the evenings and before I knew it, I had a little graphic design business. It was also during this time that I discovered my love of textiles, sewing, and modern quilting.
After being home for a few years I moved back to Austin, it was during this time that I started to think I needed to get back to work. Marriage and family therapists have awful hours and I knew that my heart wasn’t there. But what can a graphic designer/therapist do?
My brother-in-law suggested User Experience Design and after some research and finding out that my local college had just started a two-year program, I quickly signed up. A few semesters in, I can attest that this field is a perfect match for me.