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Worth every dime.

Holly M.
Associate of Applied Science in Interior Design
LDS Business College, 2009

From 2007 to 2009, I attended LDS Business College (LDSBC) in Salt Lake City, Utah. I earned my associate of applied science in interior design and loved every minute of it.

I decided to go to college early on in my life, after becoming interested in interior design during my sophomore year of high school. I took a class and thought the field was perfect for me.

My parameters for choosing a school included an out-of-town location, the option to study my desired field, and affordability. LDSBC fit the bill in every way: I’m from Colorado, so Utah was a change of pace; the school offered an interior design degree; and the cost was less than $2,000 per semester.  It’s important to identify key characteristics of a college that you’re looking for before making the decision to attend one school or another.

Another reason I opted for LDSBC, which wasn’t necessarily a requirement, was that it’s a religious institution of higher learning. Anyone can be accepted, whether they are of my faith or not, but I liked the idea of studying with fellow students who shared my beliefs.

I earned a $1,500 scholarship each semester my first year, and my parents covered the rest. I had savings in place to pay for rent and food. My second year, my scholarship was a little lower—$1,000 per semester—so I got a job to pay my parents back and cover the cost of living. In this way, I avoided going into debt while earning my degree.  However, I also chose a school with a relatively low cost of attendance, which greatly helped.

While going to LDSBC, I attended traditional classes, meaning I didn’t take most courses online. I loved being in the classroom with my fellow students and learning from a teacher in a classroom setting. The nature of interior design is very hands-on and requires critiques from the teacher. I don’t think it would have made sense to take these types of classes online. However, I did take a math class online, and that was a worthwhile experience for me. I recommend researching both classroom and online courses to find out which is a better match for your specific degree and learning style.

While living in Salt Lake City away from my family, I opted for the dorms my first year. I had one roommate, who I didn’t know before moving in, but who has become one of my very best friends. While we don’t live in the same city today, or even the same state, we keep in touch and visit each other when we can. I absolutely recommend moving out of your parents’ house and living with someone new to learn more about yourself and what you need from the person you end up living with (such as a spouse).

My second year, I moved into an apartment near campus with three fellow interior design majors. I couldn’t live with my original roommate anymore because she got married at the end of our first year. Living with these girls was a highly enjoyable experience as well.

Looking at my college experience in hindsight, one thing I would have done differently is applied to more schools and kept my options open. LDSBC was the only school I applied to, and fortunately I was accepted, but I didn’t have a plan B, which wasn’t very smart.

I don’t have a job in interior design today. Instead, I’m a freelance writer, applying another interest of mine—journalism—to make an income. I still use what I learned at school to decorate my own home and provide tips to friends and family. I’m holding onto my design portfolio and other work, not just because I’m proud of what I accomplished at school, but also in case a career opportunity comes my way.

EduTrek Comments

  • Have a plan B. Apply to more than just your school of choice so you have some back-up options in case it doesn’t work out, or in case a different school offers you better financial incentives.
  • When choosing a college, identify what particular things you’re looking for in a school (cost, degrees offered, location, etc.) and make sure the schools you’re applying to fit your needs.