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Of all the benefits UC has offered, Hatsue is most passionate about the experiential learning opportunity that DAAP’s co-op program provides. “It’s very valuable,” says Hatsue, a first-generation college student whose mother is from Japan. “By offering multiple sources of learning, DAAP prepares students for professional life better than any other design school.”

Flexibility is one of the exceptional qualities of co-op, says Hatsue, because many DAAP students don’t fit perfectly into DAAP majors. Although Hatsue specializes in communication design, she does not pursue a career in this field. “DAAP doesn’t require you to enter a box,” she says. “You can use the co-op program to improve your skills in the field you really want to pursue. By profession, I am in fact a photographer. But even though I’m not going to become a graphic designer, studying graphic design has really influenced my image making.

As a member of the DAAP Ambassadors Board of Directors and former President of the DAAP Tribunal, Hatsue advised young students to embrace the opportunities offered by DAAP and take advantage of the school’s national network and connections.

Hatsue made his first co-op with an architectural firm in New York. “This co-op was really good for me because I realized I didn’t really want to do graphic design,” she says. “Co-op gives you experience and lets you know what you want to do, but also tells you what you don’t want to do. This can prevent you from taking the wrong job after graduation.

A later co-op during the COVID-19 pandemic involved a personal photography project that resulted in the publication of some of Hatsue’s work. It also inspired them to create a personal website. Hatsue’s third co-op involved photography and retouching work with a prestigious New York firm.

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