(WACO, Texas) — Shannon Hudson of Riesel grew up with an interest in drawing and fashion, and she had a vision of starting a T-shirt business.
She realized she did not have the technical skills to make her a plan a reality.
“So, I decided to learn about something that I was really passionate about,” Hudson said. “Texas State Technical College was a great choice for me because I’m a very hands-on learner. I wanted to learn something very specific.”
Now her dedication to the visual design field has been recognized.
Hudson has received the Baxter + Korge Education Scholarship from the Advertising Education Foundation of Houston. She will be honored at the organization’s scholarship luncheon in October.
“Ms. Hudson carries out her assignments going above and beyond,” said Stacie Buterbaugh, an instructor in TSTC’s Visual Communication Technology program. “She is eager to learn new techniques using graphic design software to help bring her conceptual ideas to fruition. In the classroom, she is often seen participating in lectures and collaborating with her fellow classmates as she serves as our department’s peer tutor.”
Hudson’s inspiration to pursue her degree comes from her two young daughters.
“As a single mom, I am motivated every single day to be the best role model and provider I can possibly be,” she said. “I’m far from perfect. But in their eyes, I want them to see their mom as someone who went against all odds and decided to pursue her dream and make it happen.”
Hudson said TSTC continues to provide her with a good education at a reasonable cost and a nurturing learning environment.
“TSTC has been a wonderful learning experience,” she said. “The small classrooms allow for such a personal experience and relationships with your mentors, which is a rarity in this day and age.”
Hudson is scheduled to graduate from TSTC in spring 2021 with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Visual Communication Technology. After graduation, she wants to work in branding and campaign management.
“I absolutely love coming up with stories for companies to use to make their products fun and exciting,” she said. “I really enjoy thinking outside the box and bringing things to life. It is my ultimate goal to work somewhere that allows me to do that.”
For more information on Texas State Technical College, go to tstc.edu.