Tayelon Scott is smiling in the photo.

I am a 19-year-old sophomore student at Drake University who is from Houston, Texas. I am studying graphic design and digital media production. Growing up, I was diagnosed with seizures, which prevented me from playing any sports. However, it allowed me to connect to my creative side. When I was 8 or 9 years old, I began exploring many things that relate to art like drawing and building. Recently, I found an interest in graffiti art style and so I would practice applying the style in my drawings.

My interest in art as a kid is the reason why I wanted to go into a career where I can create art. I did not know what I wanted to do with art until I was introduced to graphic design, and that’s how I decided to pursue a degree in graphic design at Drake University. I thoroughly enjoyed immersing myself in various Adobe software applications such as Photoshop, Illustrator, and Indesign.

Additionally, delving into the intricacies of typography and experimenting with the creation of logos and other visual illustrations has been a source of great fulfillment for me. I did not get into journalism until I started to edit videos for fun. After that, I wanted to major in something where I could edit and do more behind-the-scenes things. My counselor told me about digital media production and I decided to major in it. In the journalism department, I enjoy learning how to engage with media in a variety of ways like photography, camera work, audio, and creating websites. In the department, I am currently in the Drake Broadcasting system, which is a club where students get experience using different equipment and media. I like learning behind-the-scenes things like audio, camera work, and editing.

I actively participate in Crew Scholars, an organization for minorities led by Jazlin Coley-Smith.”Its goal is to teach students leadership and how to succeed on a white campus. The organization also provides minority leadership opportunities and space to talk about mental health or anything that we would like to share. I have been in Crew for 2 years now and I like that the people are welcoming and supportive of each other. I am also involved in another organization called Intervarsity. It is a Christian fellowship organization focused on volunteering, learning the words of God, and just having fun. I recently joined them and my experience with them has been really good so far. The people there were really nice and welcoming and we would sometimes plan adventurous trips together.