Melissa found her way into the Publishing Program after a long search for a program that could encompass all her areas of interest. Before finding her dream program, Mel spent her time working in her family’s pet shop, playing around with all sorts of animals, and enjoying life as it was seen through her camera lens. Her free time still consists of photography, and she also maintains a small zoo of reptiles. She can’t wait to graduate and start designing all kinds of things for all kinds of clients, and she also hopes to get more writing and photography experience. She is grateful for her family, friends, mentors, countless cups of coffee, and the absurd amount of avocados that helped her get to where she is now.