I’m Kayla Garrigan, an aspiring advertising creative and communications aficionado. I’m eager to learn, ready for a challenge, and always putting together the pieces of the consumer puzzle. My adventurous spirit and can-do attitude help me to execute the best ideas that I can dream up.
My passion in life is learning. Whether it is in the classroom, through travel, or on the job, I take a little piece of each of my experiences wherever I go.
You can typically find me running, reading a book, baking cookies, traveling or, of course, studying as I prepare for a career in advertising.
My adventure into the creative world began with a click of a camera shutter. Discovering my passion for photography while I was in high school was the first step in the adventure that led me to Drake University, where I study advertising and Spanish. The next step was combining my eye for fashion and interest in writing to create a blog. I maintained this passion project for a little over a year before I went off to college. Later on in high school, I started to take business and design classes. Taking these classes solidified my interest in the communications world. Ultimately, this brought me to the Drake School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
The story of my college career is filled with many twists and turns. I entered my undergraduate experience at Drake as a magazine media and advertising major with a minor in Spanish. Shortly after starting my coursework, I realized that I was interested in graphic design and started to take classes and teach myself new design tricks. In the end, I decided to graduate a year early and focus in on a double major in advertising and Spanish. I still take the magazine and graphic design knowledge with me, but I’m happy to be able to communicate with people from all over the world and continue to be creative.
While at Drake, I also have been a part of two study abroad experiences. In June of 2018, I went on my first ever international trip to Barcelona, Spain. I spent a month studying history and Spanish at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Then, in January 2020 I spent two weeks in Guadalajara, Mexico learning about the Americanization of Mexico. This blog post will show you what I learned along the way.
What’s next for Kayla
I’m still passionate about all the experiences and different creative trades that I took on during my Drake career. I’ve been involved in Drake publications, non-profit work, and more, but the thread that runs through it all is that I love to create and try new things whenever I can. Please take a look at my advertising portfolio or my Spanish portfolio to see what I have accomplished! I’m excited to start my professional career upon graduation in May of 2020.