I found my passion at Wartburg

NAME: Haley Harms
CLASS YEAR: 2019
HOMETOWN: Albert Lea, Minn. 
MAJOR: Graphic Design

INVOLVEMENT ON CAMPUS: Cross Country, Track and Field, EARTH, Spanish Club, Phi Eta Sigma, Alpha Chi, graphic design lab assistant 

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE WARTBURG: I chose Wartburg because of the at-home atmosphere and community, academics, and number of groups I could be involved in. 

HOW DID YOU DECIDE ON YOUR MAJOR: I came in as a math major but soon realized that I’ve always had a passion for creativity and art. Graphic design was the perfect way to pair many different disciplines in a creative and purposeful way.  

WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS AFTER GRADUATION: I will be working remotely for my previous internship employer in Denver, Colo., while also pursuing other graphic design jobs. 

HOW DID WARTBURG PREPARE YOU FOR YOUR NEXT STEP: Wartburg prepared me for the next step because I learned that I could study multiple disciplines like Spanish, business, and environmental studies and pair them with my love for design.

Haley Harms

DID YOU HAVE ANY INTERNSHIPS WHILE AT WARTBURG: This past summer I had an internship in Denver, Colo., with a small start-up database company. I left my comfort zone of the Midwest and spent three months learning from very successful marketing and tech professionals. As their only graphic designer, I was put in charge of re-vamping their website, doing all social graphics, and spending time branding this very successful company. 

WHO ARE YOUR MENTORS ON CAMPUS: Thomas Payne has helped me grow as a designer and is constantly challenging me to get outside my comfort zone. Zak Montgomery has challenged me to think about the world differently in class and when we’re chatting in his office he’s always ready to talk about about classes, my future, and reminding me to take risks. 

WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU NEVER IMAGINED YOU WOULD DO BEFORE COMING TO WARTBURG: Attend the TCU Values and Ventures competition in Fort Worth, Texas, to present on a environmental company I first came up with in a design class and transformed it into a small business. This international competition was an intense learning experience where my team and I were challenged to speak outside our comfort zone about something we were so passionate about.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE WARTBURG MEMORY: Running cross country races and spending time with my cross chicks; they have become my best friends and biggest support system.

WHY WAS WARTBURG WORTH IT: I was able to find my best friends at Wartburg, be a part of very successful teams, and completely change my major to truly find a passion for the environment and design.