I really didn't know what I was getting into coming to this event or even choosing the Interior Design profession. I'm so happy I participated. The event got me so excited about the profession and my future with ASID. Getting to speak to so many Design professionals was priceless. I had so many questions I needed answered and this event answered every one. If you want to get excited to be apart of the Interior Design Industry and ASID, I highly recommend attending the Student Symposium. Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to give students this amazing experience!
--Kaylee Turner, Texas State University
I was very pleased with the student symposium. I will definitely encourage students to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to learn from industry professionals.
--Marian Powell, Wade College
The ASID Boot Camp was absolutely amazing. I was able to soak up a lot of good educational information and am very confident in finding my dream job! I would highly recommend it to any emerging designers!
--Danielle Zajic, Stephen F. Austin State University
ASID did a wonderful job organizing the student symposium this year. It was my first time attending, and I already plan on attending to future events. Lots of great information, wonderful encouraging testimonials by the professional interior designers that got invited to talk to interact with the students. Thank you so much for a wonderful experience!
--Claudia Ascani, Houston Community College
As a young student not wanting to spend my weekend stuck in dull meetings, I was skeptical the first time I decided to attend the student symposium, but I was more than pleasently surprised to find that it was so much more than that! I LOVED it and wish I had attended sooner! I want to encourage new students to attend - you won't regret it! I look forward to it every year!
--Kailey Jo Rawson, Baylor University
The Student Symposium was a wonderful event. It was informative and enjoyable. The information was very helpful, and a variety of relevant topics were covered. The key note speaker was an inspiration. I will attend next year.
--Alane Beard, Wade College
Being a senior and going to the symposium for the first time has made me wish I would of started this my freshman year! Get involved as soon as you can because this event is nothing but informative and an inspiration to upcoming Interior Designers and their future success!!
--Tamara McClanahan, Texas State University
I had so much fun at this year’s 2011 ASID Student Symposium. I met a ton of people who were more than willing to give us advice on the real world in design, and learned so much more about my major than I would have never learned by just going to school. I am definitely attending the symposium next year, and trying my best to get everyone in the design program to attend as well.
--Meagan Speer, Texas State University
Thanks for a very informative presentation on Friday; the part of the design industry they DON'T teach at school is exactly what we need to know. Also, I’d extend my heartfelt thanks for the hard work of you and your colleagues in making the symposium a great success.
--Tamara Fawahl, El Centro College
As a sophomore who just switched my major to interior design, this conference made me so excited to enjoy my profession one day! I loved every aspect of it and it was great to meet like minded people with the same passions and goals!
--Ariel Pecoraro, Baylor University
TOUR OF DUTY: FRIDAY AFTERNOON TOUR OF THE DALLAS ARTS DISTRICT
Just got home from Interior Design Boot Camp. Best weekend ever! Thank you for putting on such a fabulous, well-organized event. I learned so much and got to meet some truly inspiring professionals and fellow students. New friends were definitely made. ASID TX Rocks!
--Cristi Lee Peterson, Texas State University
It was such a pleasure working on this year's Student Symposium Committee with all of the other talented individuals. The most rewarding part was meeting fellow design students and hearing about their different chapters and school events. What a great experience to have been a part of such an event and to get to know such young talent!
--Kathryn Nelson, El Centro College – 2011-2012 Student Rep to ASID Texas Board
Even though I missed most of the event, the one event I was able to attend opened my eyes to exactly what I needed to do. I came back to Houston, ready for the challenge of my new career. I'm a career changer, from a hair stylist to interior designer. I have been doing all of my research on this business, and I must say there is a lot to soak in. The main thing I was excited to learn was that when you join ASID, your career world can open up. I look forward to becoming a member and opening my own business. I look forward to attending the next symposium wherever it is held. Thanks guys for a rewarding experience.
--Carol Scott, Houston Community College
THURSDAY NIGHT BONUS: TOUR OF ELLEN S. HOLT'S SHOWROOM
“I had a great time! I have come two years in a row now and last year I was scared to put my name out there and get to know other ASID members. This year, I put that fear aside and met some great people in the industry I am so interested in. I graduate in May and cannot wait to come back to Dallas to join such an amazing group of people.”
“I'm coming back next year.”
“I really didn't know what I was getting into coming to this event or even choosing the Interior Design profession. I'm so happy I participated. The event got me so excited about the profession and my future with ASID.”
“I will encourage all of my classmates to attend.”
“I really learned a lot and had a great time. Thanks for everything to everybody that makes this possible. I would love to keep attending this type of event. It really enriches us as students.”
“I had such a great time, learned a lot, and met so many amazing people.”
“Attending this event really reinforced my career decision. I thoroughly enjoyed spending time with people who think the same way I think. It's very rare that I get treated in the same upscale manner that I like to treat people. I felt like I very much belonged. Thank you for treating all of us like VIPs. Everyone I talk to about the event says the same three words...Best weekend EVER!"
“This is the best one I have ever attended!”
“The Declassified Information sessions were awesome. I felt that I learned a lot from each speaker. All the speakers were very helpful and should definitely plan on the same next year. Charisse was great too. She was very inspiring and really enjoyed her presentation.”
“I loved everything! I do wish we could have had more time to tour more showrooms, but I'm grateful I was able to see what I did! The whole experience was eye opening.”