Andrew Visits NDI from College

It was a surprise appearance by Andrew Mesadieu—but at 6’5” tall, he was impossible to miss. Andrew visited NeigerDesign’s office in early August, proving that he has, indeed, “grown up” in more ways than one since we first took him under our wing as a “mentee” through the AIM High student mentoring initiative, a program of Center for Companies That Care.

A team of four NeigerDesign employees mentored Andrew during his sophomore through senior years at Urban Prep Academy (Englewood Campus). Mentoring started out face-to-face once a month at structured AIM High events, supplemented with virtual contact via email on a more regular basis. A mentoring team devotes an estimated 45 hours per year working with a student. Andrew also spent one summer in our office, learning and working alongside all of our designers while he built and refined a portfolio that gave him an edge in the college application process. And we’re happy to report that all of that hard work is paying off!

Andrew is entering his senior year at Parsons, the prestigious art and design school in New York City. Over the past three years, he has been expanding his knowledge and hands-on experience in areas of graphic, product and web design.

He spent this summer letting the right side of his brain take over--honing his own creative expressions—and is looking forward to giving the left side a workout this fall when returning to school. He expects to graduate next spring and hit the job market right away.

Outside of school, Andrew has readily made the Big Apple his new “home away from home.” With a keen passion for music, Andrew’s dream job would be working in design for a NYC-based company that specializes in music. While his presence is surely missed at NeigerDesign, we wish Andrew the best, and have enjoyed watching this young designer grow up—both literally and figuratively!

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