I grew up in Tehran, Iran. When I was in elementary school, I was interested in painting and designing. I drew shapes in the corner of my notebook before I would do my homework, and I still keep them as mementos. During school, I did well in mathematics. In our culture, parents generally believe children who do well in mathematics will be more successful if they get degrees in the field and become engineers. I inevitably got a degree in mathematics in high school. Although I studied mathematics in high school, my hobby was visiting galleries and art museums. I remember my mother gave me money for a private mathematics class, but I secretly signed up for a Photoshop class. My acquaintance had a worldwide graphics computer and led me to pursue an art major after graduating from high school. I graduated from Shahid Rajaee University of Tehran with a bachelor’s degree in graphic design. Although I have about a decade of experience in design, and the graphic design field in my country is full of talent, I decided to continue my education at a professional university. I applied to Clemson University, and I am now a graduate assistant in the graphic communications department. I believe graphic design was born out of art and industry. Aside from studying at Clemson, interning for Campus Banner + Design allows me to combine my art and academic knowledge with practical skills.