Auburn University’s College of Human Sciences is home to one of the most unique and competitive programs on campus, Interior Design. Only 30 incoming freshman accepted into Interior Design in the fall.
This department is what brought Stephanie Nixon to Auburn University all the way from Tracy, California. “I came for Auburn’s Interior Design program because they were ranked in the top 5 in the nation. I really needed a change of scenery and thought I may as well travel and experience other places while I’m young. I instantly fell in love with the atmosphere and people here in Auburn.” Nixon says.
There are 19 students currently enrolled in Interior Design as sophomores. They are split into two studio classes but take non-studio classes together. Interior Design students are given multiple projects and assignments that they work on simultaneously. Studio classes are broken down into a lecture and a lab. Lab is where most of the assignments take place.
“There is so much that goes into design that a lot of people don’t realize. It is both technical and artistic all in one,” Nixon says.
When Nixon isn’t working on a project, she is preparing for one. Since she is a hands-on learner, this major has worked out perfectly for her. “I would much rather spend hours on an interior design project than studying or taking tests,” she says.
Nixon’s favorite thing about her major is the dynamic of studio classes and how close that has brought her to her fellow classmates. They go through the hard projects together. Because of their endless hours spent together during studio, they have come to completely understand one another on a whole other level.
“We are there for each other through the good and bad and have become like a family in studio.” Nixon explains.
One of her least favorite parts about the major is the amount of stress she encounters. She also gives up some of her social life in order to be successful in the major. “This is what it is going to be like in the real world and I think having to juggle our time and sacrifice certain things will make us much more organized and confident when going into the workforce after graduating,” Nixon says.
After graduation, Nixon plans on moving back to California. She wants to intern with an architecture firm in San Francisco. Her dream is to design for a firm that focuses on commercial work such as hotels, restaurants, and bars/lounges.
“All of our professors are super helpful and also put in a lot of extra time after the hours of our classes to assist us in any way they can. We all work as a team and support one another, which is really cool,” Nixon says, “I just feel so accomplished and proud when I finish a project, and it’s the best feeling. Even though I work a lot, I have no doubt in my mind that when I graduate I will be fully prepared to be a part of this industry.”