Featured Alumni from The College of Human Ecology


Laura Page, BS in Interior Design (2011)

Why did you choose ECU?
I chose ECU because it was one of the only schools in NC with an accredited Interior Design program.

What would you tell potential students who are considering your major?
Don’t think of choosing your major as applying for a job; instead, think of it as choosing a path. There are many different careers in the interior design industry.

What was your favorite class in your major?
My favorite class was the History of Architecture. It was so interesting to learn how the industry has evolved, and the key players that led the way.

Tell us about your current job and any positions that lead you to where you are now.
I currently work for J Banks Design in Hilton Head Island, S.C. I did my internship here in 2010 and fell in love with the company.

What motivates you in your job, and how does your education at ECU relate to that?
I have been fortunate to surround myself with successful people and teachers. My motivation to succeed is a direct reflection of learning from these people and aspiring to reach beyond the goals they have set for me.

What lessons did you learn at ECU that you think helped to shape your work or yourself?
Time management is a large part of the curriculum in interior design. Without time management I wouldn’t be able to function in a professional environment. Every project and task has a deadline and knowing how to execute that task or project is crucial for meeting deadlines.

What is the best part of your job?
The best part about my job is that my days are never the same. One minute I could be working on architectural plans, and the next minute sketching a custom piece of furniture.

Any words of wisdom to current students at ECU or particularly those in the College of Human Ecology (or your major)?
Don’t be afraid to reach out and try new things. Challenge yourself.


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