Leah Murray

Leah Murray, a 20-year-old from Levittown, Pa., will graduate in the spring with an associate degree from NTID’s Visual Communications Studies program, but she doesn’t think that will be the end of her academic career. She is considering pursuing a bachelor’s degree.

Murray’s passion for art began as a young girl when her family would go to church, and she would sit and draw to pass the time.

“I always had so many design ideas in my head, and I constantly was drawing them on paper,” she says. “It wasn’t until I got to RIT that I learned to design using the computer, so I’m learning new skills and challenging myself every day. I enjoy it.”

As part of an assignment for a Publication Design course she took last year, Murray designed a cover for a book, The Passionate Lives of Deaf and Hard of Hearing People. Her cover design was selected as the winning entry by the author.

Last summer, Murray worked as a graphic designer during a cooperative work experience at Advancing Opportunities in Ewing, N.J., where she designed fliers, business cards and brochures.

“I learned new software programs on the job that I now can add to my resume,” she says.

When Murray is not drawing, she likes to read books, hang out with friends and attend events hosted by NTID’s Spectrum Club. She also is a member of the Deaf Volleyball Association.

Murray is determined to accomplish her dream of working as a graphic or fashion designer.

“I’ve always loved fashion and drawing clothes, and my passion for clothing has never stopped growing,” Murray says.

“My goal someday is to work in both fields and maybe own my own business,” she says. “I’m up to the challenge.”

This story appeared in the Fall/Winter 2013 issue of FOCUS Magazine.

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