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MY STUDENT JOURNEY

“Because the program is not focused on one specific area of design, you take a wider variety of classes than you might otherwise, in a more traditional program”

by Maria Jose Heshiki

MY STUDENT JOURNEY

“Because the program is not focused on one specific area of design, you take a wider variety of classes than you might otherwise, in a more traditional program”

by Maria Jose Heshiki

Where are you from?
I was born in Peru, but have lived abroad for my entire life. I consider myself Peruvian, Japanese, and Spanish.

 

Why did you choose this degree?
I chose this degree for a number of reasons. IE University itself was a significant factor in my decision, as the cultural diversity of the student body really appealed to me. With regards to the Bachelor in Design specifically, I was persuaded by the degree program’s flexibility. When I enrolled, I was interested in all types of design and wasn’t sure how my passions would develop over time. I was also interested in marketing and communications. Ultimately, I chose the program I did for its focus on business, and because of the variety of fields of study offered, including visual design, product design and spatial design.

What do you like the most about your degree program?

For me, the variety of classes within the degree is one of its most exciting qualities. Because the program is not focused on one specific area of design, you take a wider variety of classes than you might otherwise, in a more traditional program. This means gaining a deeper understanding of design itself, as well as complementary disciplines, such as business, psychology and entrepreneurship.

 

Tell us about your extracurricular activities.

I’m currently involved in two clubs. I’m Head of Public Relations for the IEU Debate Club and also work on design for The Stork, IE University’s student magazine. I love being involved, especially in experiences that help me grow as a designer.

 

Tell us about your experience in Segovia as an international student.

Personally, I thought that starting my degree in Segovia and then later moving to the campus in Madrid was perfect. The campus in Segovia is a tight-knit community where you can make friends from all over the world. Its size and location foster high quality connections among the student body, and also with faculty members. I liked splitting my four years between Segovia and Madrid, and always tell people that, if they are accustomed to being in an international environment—or if that is something that they would like to experience—then IE University is a great choice.

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