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Jake Dillman
Jake Dillman graduated Sept. 9 with an associate degree in Digital Design & Graphics. He tells his Columbus State story in his own words.

It took me a while to figure out what I wanted to do with the rest of my life.

It actually took me failing to finish a degree and a couple dead end jobs to realize I had the potential, I just needed to put forth the effort. I knew I had always loved art and it had always held a big part of my life, but I wasn't sure how to incorporate it into my future.

When I found that Columbus State offered a degree in Graphic Design it immediately caught my interest and I knew that this was the right thing for me. The instructors I had throughout my two-year journey at Columbus State were a big part of my fuel for motivation.

Gene Burleson, the head of the Graphics Department and also an instructor at Columbus State for multiple Graphic Design courses, really made the difference in my decision to continue and push through to pursue a degree. He helped me countless times and took the time out of his day to sit down with me, even on very busy days, just to give me a hand scheduling my courses. He is the type of instructor that every school needs. You would think a guy with white hair wouldn't be so cool and easy going, but he is that and much more.

Instructors like Gene, Norm Clevenger and Lynn Cox teach because they love what they do and want to share their knowledge with others. They are there for only one reason, their students. To me that is the definition of an instructor.

Through numerous ups and downs, difficult and most trying times I can now officially say I made it out alive. You can truly accomplish anything you want to in life, you just have to gain the right momentum and willingness to push through.

Thank you, Columbus State, for paving the way to my future.

Prof Burleson had the following to say about Jake: "Jake was a very hard-working, creative student. He would push his design ability and his imagination on each project and always worked to make his work visually stronger which shows in his portfolio. Jake will do well in this business."