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More Than Just Picking Pillows and Paints

You can find them camped out in the DRL until the early hours of the morning, having spend the night parties in Spidle Hall and drinking coffee and Diet Coke like it’s their job. They can even function on three hours of sleep.



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Who are these night owls? What is the motivation to push themselves to the limit to get the job done? These are the interior design students of Auburn University.

Student Laurin Sanders knows about these abilities. A junior in interior design, Sanders has had many experiences like those above, but what made her choose a major that requires so much work and perseverance?

“My dreams shifted my senior year of high school,” Sanders said, “when I took my first art class. It blew my mind how this major is not only an art, but it’s a science too.”

A science that is often misunderstood, many people may wonder why this major requires so much effort and time. After all, it’s just decorating right? Wrong.

“We deal with the health safety and welfare of the general public,” Sanders said. “We also deal with the environment itself. It’s not just picking out pillows or paint colors. It’s so much more than that.”

For a major that seems somewhat simple on the outside, this program is one that takes intense dedication. All-nighters are a frequent occurrence for an interior design student, but what does a typical day look like?

“It’s kind of a span of a typical day and then an all-nighter,” Sanders said. “There are a lot of things that go into our projects that take a great deal of time. We all bond together though, it’s our little family and we make the best of it together.”

These students are much more than decorators. Interior design students have a passion and drive to make the world a better place with their skills and they are perfecting them at Auburn.

“It’s a love-hate relationship, you hate the all-nighters,” Sanders said, “but after seeing how passionate the teachers and people in the field are about this major, and what we get to do, it just motivates you to work harder. It’s very rewarding”

With a love for design, creativity and a constantly changing environment, it is safe to say that the students in the interior design program are a special kind of person. From late night work sessions in Spidle to outlasting everyone in the DRL, these students are just doing what they love.

“I’m one of those people that is a geek, because they just love what they’re doing in school,” Sanders said. “I’m so passionate about it and so thankful to be a part of it.”

“There are ups and downs and uphill battles to overcome, but it is so worth the effort that we put in. I’m proud to be in the interior design program at Auburn.”

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