Alumni Throwback: LaMia Stormile

LaMia Stormile, ’15

Shop Assistant, 2012-2015

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If you could sum up your experience in Design Works in one-two words, what would it be?

Awesome sauce.

What was your first memory of working at Design Works? 

Getting hired. I was not expecting to get hired in a print shop, so I remember that very well.

What have you done since leaving Design Works and graduating from UNT?

I’m currently a teacher at a charter school. Oddly enough, I’m a technology teacher. I tutor kids in math and reading, mostly on computer programs. Sometimes I like to do old school exercises so they’re not on the computer all the time.

How did your time at Design Works prepare you for the future?

It has helped me create a program on Publisher, which is a skill that I picked up at Design Works. It also reinforced my customer service skills because that job is just helping people and communicating with others.

What about Design Works had the greatest impact on you?

It prepared me for what is really out in the real world. Even if it is an on-campus job, the supervisors here really want us to get the most out of our experience.

What was your favorite moment at Design Works?

It was when we did the cut-out heads of ourselves. It was super cool and fun, everyone had their own blown-up cut-out of our faces.

What was the most important lesson you learned during your time at Design Works?

Continue to let your haters be your motivators. We’re all trying to find ourselves and be the best we can be, but there are always going to be people in your path who try to bring you down. Let that motivate you, because you’re better than that. Don’t let that negativity get to you.

What do you wish other people knew about Design Works?

The chance to work for some very sweet people. Our supervisors really care about the employees here and what we’re doing here. They really want their employees to know that their work matters.

Thing you miss about UNT?

I just miss college. Going to class and walking around campus has a different type of freedom. Being a college student is fun and I miss that.

What would be your super-power?

To go back in time.

What is your brain food?

Tomatoes.

What’s on your playlist?

Chris Brown.

What’s in your bag?

I must have my wallet, some loose change, phone, planner, and some snacks.

What’s your favorite color?

I don’t have a favorite color.

What is your favorite thing about your job now?

The fact that I’m making a difference. I’m helping children from all ages and doing so much work. It’s so worth it because I know I’m making a difference giving them a good education.

Advice for current students?

Like I said, let your haters be your motivators.