[STUDENT] I’ve never really done very well in the classical education track. It just doesn’t suit me. But then, I walked into the Interior Design class, and practically broke down crying. I realized that I had finally found a place where being an artist was okay. Where everything that I do for fun is going to earn me credits, and is going to earn me a career. It seems like a natural fit for me. [INSTRUCTOR] What I love most about interior design is the creative and technical aspect together, because without one or the other, it doesn’t work. You might have great ideas, but how do you execute that? [STUDENT] Interior design is for anyone who wants to get into any type of design. If you’re going to be doing fashion, or remodelling places, or like me, getting into theatre sets, all of these people need the ability to do things like drafting and to be able to consider things like color theory and textiles. [INSTRUCTOR] The Clover Park Interior Design program offers something I think a little unique. The instructors all hold certain certifications within our industry, and are still working interior designers. Our interior design program requires an 80-hour internship. That’s often helpful in students getting a job right out of school. Really, it’s our goal at Clover Park to get students out working in the industry. That they’re coming out of here with something that they can work with. [STUDENT] When I step into a well-designed space, I feel hopeful, and often awestruck by the skill of the person who designed it. And when you walk into a place, if it feels welcoming, it’s because the person who designed that space did it so that you would feel welcome. Everything that is around you is by design. [INSTRUCTOR] I just really like the culture at Clover Park. We’re never working in isolation. It’s not a competition. We’re all there to help. And they find in one another the support that they need. And hopefully in us too, as instructors. If you’re passionate about what you’re doing and why you’re here, then, the rest is going to fall into place. [STUDENT] I think that no matter where you come from, your past is the ground that you stand on. And, you can either let that ground swallow you up, or you can let it be the firm jumping-off place. I am finally at a place where I am in control of my destiny. And that’s new. And it’s liberating. And, I love it. I’m really glad to be here.