"I am truly honored to have received the Joseph P. Veasey Award this year. By the sound of it, he was a truly wonderful person and had touched countless peoples’ lives. Thank you to Joe and his family and friends for providing this award in memory of him. Words cannot express how grateful the three of us are to receive this honor. I was born and raised in Valparaiso, Indiana and eventually moved to Culver, Indiana where I live now. Art was always an important part of my life, and ever since I can remember, I took all kinds of art classes. I knew eventually I wanted to do something in the art field. In 7th grade, we took these online tests to see what our strengths and interests were, and in my job occupation suggestions, architecture and interior design were two of them. The idea kind of stuck and I had a hard time deciding between elementary education and interior design before I came to Miami. One of the best decisions I made was choosing interior design. I love our design program, the professors and the people I have met throughout these past two years. My future plans include City Year, Peace Corps and eventually designing for a firm who builds and renovates in underprivileged areas. One of the best parts about studio is definitely the “studio culture”. We form a bond that no one really understands outside of studio. We’re a big family. Because of these friendships, these past two years have been incredible. I know that for the rest of my life, I can count on these individuals to have my back and I will always do the same for them. I cannot properly express in words how much it means to me to have been selected by my peers for the Joseph P. Veasey Award. I am truly humbled. We have a tremendous amount of gratitude for Joe and everything he stands for. He was clearly an incredibly influential individual and to think that my peers thought I was worthy of such an award is something for which I will always be grateful. Thank you very much to Joe and his family and friends!"