Eye for design

Name: Noah Exum

Academic path: Majoring in interior design at the College of Design; already has a bachelor’s degree in studio art and printmaking

Scholarship support: Timothy Trent Blade Undergraduate Scholarship, Caleb Dorr Scholarship, Phi Upsilon Omicron Scholarship

In his spare time: Exum is a member of the Tau Sigma honor society and Black Student Union, in addition to being on the Dean’s list for multiple semesters.

What’s in his backpack: His sketchbook, pencils, and giant eraser. “I compulsively draw and redraw things and work through ideas,” he says.

What drives him: “I like the fact that interior design is an applied art. And I like the fact that you get to be creative in your problem-solving and that it’s very people-based.”

Why scholarships matter: Exum says he wouldn’t have been able to afford his classes without scholarship support. Scholarships have also have enabled him to cut back on his work managing a retail store. “Design is very intense, especially the studio classes. My classmates and I regularly spend the night in the studio. If I had to go to work every single day, my school work would suffer.”

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