February 22, 2016
Graphic designer Emma Carroll's career success can be attributed to three things: patience, persistence and two incredible faculty mentors.
After graduating from Susquehanna University in 2014, Carroll became an assistant manager and retail designer in a wedding shop in Pittsburgh. "There was one day I spent seven hours stamping envelopes," she says, "and I thought I had made a huge mistake becoming a graphic designer."
After two months of applying to more than 200 jobs, she got an invitation from Colorado State University to work as a temporary junior graphic designer.
It was the encouragement of two Susquehanna professors in particular, Mark Fertig and Amanda Lenig, that pushed her to take it.
"In class, Mark prepared me and my classmates for the real world. He was hard on us when he needed to be, and soft when we all needed a break and some pancakes from the local Denny's," Carroll recalls.
As her nine-month appointment at CSU came to an end, Carroll applied for more jobs, and soon, a call came in from the New York Mets offering to fly her out for an interview. As a native New Jerseyan and loyal Mets fan, she was thrilled. She waited patiently, and a month later, they offered her a job as a junior graphic designer.
Since then, Emma has worked on numerous projects for the Mets, including designing a Community Book showing players serving their community, motion graphics used at the World Series and two promotional T-shirts—soon to be in the closets of more than 70,000 fans.
"Honestly, I'm only a year and a half out of school and I've found my dream job," says Carroll. "I wish I could go back in time and tell myself to relax a little—if you're motivated and passionate about what you do, you'll eventually get to where you want to be."