Meet Katrina

Dedicated. Thoughtful. Involved in her community. With knowledge from Gateway and a knack for design, Katrina’s “I found your memories” flyer design went viral to help tornado survivors reunite with their lost possessions.

In 2009, I was laid off from a visual merchandiser position I had worked in for 35 years. I was devastated. It was the last thing that I expected to happen to me. Someone at the unemployment office suggested that going back to school, especially for something in visual design, might be a good fit for me. They told me they had heard only good things about Gateway and that the school had a visual communication program.

With four kids and a full-time job, my dream of higher education always seemed out of reach, but it was time to go for it. Getting started was a little intimidating but the Gateway Admissions staff made the process so simple.

Once I enrolled in the visual communication classes, I loved it. I love using visual design to create just about anything you can think of. For one of my recent assignments, I had to design a flyer of my choice. After tornadoes devastated parts of Kentucky, I was moved to design a flyer for a Facebook group called “I found your memories.”

The volunteers of this group are dedicated to finding photos, family heirlooms, and anything else that seems like it would be valuable to someone, cleaning these items up, photographing them, and posting the photos online for the world to see. So many items have been returned to individuals who lost so much during the destruction. After I designed a poster for this group in my class, I sent it to the founder of the Facebook group. She loved it! She passed the flyer along, and it is now being used for the Kentucky’s “Commonwealth CleanUp Week.” I’m so proud that so many people have seen the flyer I designed.

I will earn an Associate of Arts in Visual Communication in spring 2013. Eventually, I plan to earn a bachelor’s degree in photography or in another communications major. Someday, I’d love to own my own business and be my own boss. I am more because of Gateway.

To learn more about how you can be more, visit the Gateway Admissions office.