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Q&A with Cierra Jenks ‘23 (Experience Design)


Leading up to May Commencement, we’re asking some of our graduates to tell us about their experience as Greyhounds and where their journey will lead them next. Meet May 2023 graduate Cierra Jenks who will receive a Bachelor of Arts in Experience Design and a minor in Marketing at the end of this semester!

Why did you choose to study Experience Design?

I pursued a career in Experience Design because I have a passion for creating meaningful and impactful user experiences that can improve people’s lives. I also recognized the growing demand for experience designers in various industries and the potential for career growth and advancement in this field. I also honed my skills and gained the necessary education and experience to excel in this field, making it a natural choice for my career path.

Why did you choose to study at UIndy?

The University of Indianapolis has a strong reputation for its academic programs, with a focus on experiential learning and hands-on experience in students’ chosen fields of study. Along with that, the University of Indianapolis is located in a vibrant and growing city, with many opportunities for internships, networking, and career development. 

I also loved that the University of Indianapolis has a welcoming and inclusive campus community, with a variety of extracurricular activities and events to help students connect with each other and explore their interests along with the opportunity to have one on one with professors.

Are there any faculty or staff members who have significantly impacted your time at UIndy? If so, who are they and how did they influence you?

Over the years, UIndy Police played an important role in ensuring the safety and security of students and staff on campus.They often provide a range of services and support to the campus community. This may include responding to emergencies, conducting safety patrols, providing safety escorts, and offering crime prevention programs and resources. Which is greatly appreciated by me as I value the safety of all! 

What is one of your favorite memories from your time at UIndy?

During my time at UIndy, I had many memorable experiences, but one that stands out was the opportunity to meet so many new people and achieve several personal and academic milestones. Being on the Dean’s List twice was a great accomplishment for me, and I am grateful for the support and guidance of my professors and peers throughout my journey at UIndy.

What are your plans after graduation? 

I am currently working as a Special Events Coordinator for the Parks and Recreation Department in Shelbyville, Indiana, where I am responsible for planning and executing a variety of community events. After completing my college degree, I plan to continue in this role full-time, utilizing my skills and experience to create engaging and memorable experiences for residents and visitors in the community.

How did your degree program prepare you for your next steps?

The degree program helped prepare me for my next steps by providing me with the knowledge, skills, and experience I needed to succeed in my chosen field. Completing a degree program can help students develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills, gain practical experience through internships and other opportunities, and build a professional network that can help many achieve their goals just like it did for me. 

What advice would you give to incoming freshmen?

Get involved on campus! Joining clubs and organizations can help you meet new people, find new interests, and build a sense of community on campus. It’s a great way to make the most of your college experience and create lasting memories.

Prioritize your time and manage your schedule effectively. College can be overwhelming with coursework, extracurricular activities, and social events. Make a schedule and stick to it, and be sure to set aside time for studying, self-care, and relaxation. 

Seek out resources and support when you need it. College can be challenging, both academically and personally. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it. Your college likely has a range of resources available, including academic tutoring, mental health counseling, and career services. Use them to your advantage.