WHAT’S YOUR STORY: Adams’ story: Trading majors

Zach Mills

Different people dream different dreams. That’s just one of the many inevitable truths to life.

These dreams range from one extreme to another and everywhere in between. Some people have complicated dreams, like becoming CEO’s of major corporations or finding cures for terminal diseases like AIDS.

And there are some people, like Georgetown sophomore Jessica Adams, who simply want to make a positive impact on the lives of others — by finding ways of appealing to their eyes.

It wasn’t until the beginning of last semester that Adams made the decision to major in interior design.

But deep down, she’s known all her life that she wanted to make a living doing something creative.

She recognized her creative side when she was working on her high school yearbook.

“I found an interest in design, composition and positive and negative space,” she said. “I wanted to be creative.”

Adams’ dream of “being creative,” as well as her hometown environment, motivated her to come to Western, where she discovered her calling as an interior designer.

“Each color and each form appeals to different people in a different way,” she said. “That’s what I love about interior design: to be able to appeal to somebody’s eye.”

The negativity of “gossip” and “rumors” in Adams’ hometown also lead her to choose Western.

“In a small town, you’re kind of pushed away if you’re not the person they think you should be,” she said.

For Adams, college is just a transition that will put her on the path to creative career success.

But before Adams can accomplish her dream of creating eye-appealing work, she must make a few stops and go through a few more transitions.

One of those stops is the Art Institute of Chicago. Adams plans to attend art school there after she graduates from Western.

“That’s where the industry is,” she said. “It’s the perfect opportunity to move there and go to school there.

“Right now I have my application filled out. I still have to write my essay.”

But attending school in Chicago isn’t that simple. Becoming an art school student won’t just magically happen after Adams writes her essay. She’ll have to write her own tuition checks first.

It will cost Adams close to $60,000 to further her art education in Chicago. Her parents will help Adams pay for art school and she realizes becoming an interior designer is her dream.

“It’s really expensive,” Adams said. “I know I’ll have to make some sacrifices.

“I have big plans, but I have to start off small.”

This summer, Adams is trading off doing an interior design internship so she can save money working part-time at Toyota back in her hometown.

Despite the financial obstacle that currently stands in the way of her dream, Adams has the support of her mother and stepfather.

Adams’ parents divorced when she was three-years-old. Her mother remarried 10 years ago, and since then, Adams said her stepfather has been a good influence on her.

“My stepdad is really my dad,” she said. “He’ll never grow up. He’s like a big kid. I just have so much fun with him. I hope I can act as young as him when I’m his age.”

Adams’ mother is another influential person who fully supports her dream.

“She always reminds me that she believes in me,” Adams said about her mother. “She always lets me know that she will always be there for me.”

Adams doesn’t concern herself with trying to find out her mother’s reason for divorcing her father.

“I try not to dwell on it much,” she said. “Because I know that my mother is happy and that is all that matters.

“I still don’t have a good relationship with my (biological) father. I’ve tried, and I feel like it’s his turn.”

Although Adams’ dream has a few obstacles in its path, she is remaining steadfast in the vision of her dream. And she is focused on the future.

Her dream job is to design interiors for hotels and restaurants.

“I want people to be pleased with where they are,” she said. “I don’t even care if they know I did it. If you can change someone’s attitude when they walk into a room, that’s a positive impact.”

Each week, Zach picks a random person from the student directory and calls them to ask, “What’s Your Story?” His series runs every Tuesday. Zach can be reached at [email protected]