Meet Tanner, Our UCO Graphic Design Intern

Tanner, UCO Graphic Design Intern

How was your first day? What did you do?

My first day was great! The atmosphere of the workplace was just what I hoped it would be. The people here are nice, friendly, and welcoming. Even though I was nervous, I believe I did a great job! I helped Krystal with basic administrative duties and after lunch I began designing my first ad for the Edmond Outlook magazine! They even got me a new computer. Very cool.

How’d you find us (Back40)?

When I first moved to Edmond, I knew I had to find a job. I applied at various local OKC design firms hoping to receive a job there since I want to someday work in a field along those lines. In fact, one company had just hired a college graphic design student the same day I inquired about a job, they then led me to Back40 Design and the Edmond Outlook. I did some online research research and contacted them right away.

What motivated you to apply for an internship? Why Back40?

When I applied at Back40, I knew it would be a great place for me to get my feet wet and experience the world of graphic design. I didn’t want to pursue a job that was going to bore me. I wanted something exciting, and a job that I would love.

What do you hope to get out of a Back40 internship?

I hope to become a better designer. I hope to strengthen my leadership skills and basic qualities that a graphic designer must possess. One thing I have learned so far is to definitely respect a graphic designer. The time, energy, and effort it takes to produce quality work can be very stressful!

What are you studying at UCO?

I am currently a junior studying graphic design and photography with a minor in advertising. Therefore, I have a whole lot of school ahead of me, but I am ready for the challenge! Bring it on!

Tell us something we don’t know about you. We barely know anything about you – so this should be easy.

I am a huge reality TV show fan. If you were to look on my DVR at home, you would be blindsided as to how many reality shows I have recorded. My favorite has got to be Big Brother! I think I want to audition for it!

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I hate when asked this question because I never have an answer! I would love to do so many things! Is running my own graphic design business, having a photography studio, and working with an advertising agency too much to ask for?

You’re from the Oklahoma panhandle, how do you like Edmond, Oklahoma?

I was scared to death when I first moved here. I come from Beaver, OK which has a population of around 1,200 people, and I have lived there pretty much my entire life. The biggest “city” (or should I say town) I have lived in was Alva when I went to school at Northwestern Oklahoma State University. Having been here in Edmond for about a month so far, I have grown to love this place. Everything I need is close by, and I like that it’s safe compared to other parts of the city. Now all I need to do is get used to the crazy traffic!

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