Congratulations, Patricia!

One of our most dedicated research assistants, Patricia Natalie, just accepted an offer of admission to the Social Design Master’s program at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore, Maryland! We couldn’t be prouder of Patricia for following her two passions – design and studying body dissatisfaction. Check out what Patricia has to say here:

“Enraged by the statistics that 91% of women are unhappy with their bodies in some way and that 54% would rather hit by a truck than be fat, I knew that this global epidemic of body dissatisfaction is a huge social issue I’d put my heart into fighting for. The Social Design program at MICA is one that perfectly aligns with my aspiration as it will allow me to use design, the platform I take the most pride in, to make social changes in the field I am most passionate about. It’s been a journey of self-exploration since the day I set foot in UCLA, so I’m beyond grateful and thrilled to pursue what I have always wanted to do deep down. One my biggest thank-you-s definitely goes to DiSH Lab for helping me discover my passions as well as the advisors and RAs for their unending support! And like what Steve Jobs had always emphasized, ‘If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.’” 🙂

We’ll miss you around the lab, Patricia, but we can’t wait to see the designs you come up with!



Maryland Institute College of Art