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At WashU, Minju is pursuing Communication Design to build off of her foundation in Art & Design.

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"While communication design requires computer skills, I believe it is important that you consider building your foundational skills in art like basic pencil drawing or painting."

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Minju Kim
Class of 2020



My career roadmap has been defined since the beginning.

Ever since I can remember, I have always liked to draw and paint, so whenever people asked me what I want to become in the future, I always answered that I wanted to become an artist.

As I grew up, I was able to know more career paths related to art, but I still had not exactly chosen what I wanted to pursue in art.

Although I, learning a new language, kind of forgot about doing art after the immigration to America, after winning second place at Santa Clarita Art on Canvas contest, I became more motivated to spend more time on doing art.

Volunteering at ARTree made me realize how art can connect people to each other, so I wanted to find a type of art that will have people communicate and connect to each other.

While applying for colleges, I found the major communication design at WashU.

I am currently learning how to use the graphic design programs like Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.



Here are my extracurriculars relevant to this pathway


  • Volunteering at ARTree, a community art center

  • Winning prizes at several different competitions / contests

  • Scholastic Art and Writing -- National Silver Medal

  • Santa Clarita Art on Canvas Contest -- 1st prize

  • Creating club logos

  • Journalism Club

  • Speech and Debate club


  • Currently waiting to step foot on campus!


What I'm currently doing/hope to do


How to maximize my time in high school?

  • Advice #1: Although communication design requires computer programming skills, I believe it is also significant to build your foundational skills in art like basic pencil drawing or painting. Because I believe you still need that sense of colors and lines gained from physical paints and pencils which will be helpful for your future programming works.

  • Advice #2: I want to tell you guys that do not set any limits to your art and try to experience many different things when you have opportunities to. I am telling this because inspirations really come from unprecedented subjects or situations.

  • Advice #3: I know it is really hard to keep up with school work and art at the same time. However, I would definitely recommend not to give up one or the other because it is possible to keep up both throughout your high school life if you put extra effort than others do.

  • Advice #4: Sometimes you may feel like you are affectionate enough on art just because you do not spend enough time on drawing or painting. I believe this happens to every single artist, so please don’t feel bad about yourself for not doing art as much as before.

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