HIGH POINT – High Point University students learned more about their future profession as they worked alongside industry leaders during this week’s High Point Market.
Attracting thousands of buyers and manufacturers from across the globe, the market provides students with experiential learning and opportunities to network with professionals from different industries.
“I have loved working at the market, and I know it will be very beneficial for me when I graduate,” said Meghan West, a senior interior design major from Walpole, Massa., who worked in the Hooker Furnishings showroom. “I have made great connections with some amazing companies and individuals. It has allowed me to see and experience what my future career will look like.”
Hayley Bracci, a senior interior design major from Stow, Mass., enjoyed working as a sales assistant and connecting with other HPU students at the Sunpan showroom.
“Through my High Point Market experience, I have been able to supplement my interior design knowledge with a bit of sales and supply chain knowledge, making it easier to understand how lead times work and how long it might take to receive ordered pieces once I become a practicing designer,” said Bracci.
Kari Lambert, a senior interior design major from Stillwater, Minn., worked at the Century Furniture showroom for the second time this year.
“While working at Century Furniture, I am often in the fabric selection room. This has allowed me amazing insights on current styles, patterns and colors,” said Lambert. “It provided me with an understanding of the current trends. I also have learned so much about the industry and the actual day-to-day business of interior design.”
Working for a third time at the High Point Market with Norwalk Furniture has been a valuable learning experience for Jade Harloff, a senior interior design major from Apex, N.C.
“It has allowed me to immerse myself in the world of furniture design and sales, and I’ve been able to keep up with the newest trends and innovations Norwalk has to offer,” said Harloff.
Kaylin LaFleche, a senior interior design major from Severna Park, Md., gained knowledge about furniture and design through working as a market associate for Caracole and Jonathan Charles. She toured designers around the showroom, answered questions about products and helped them place orders.
“Through this experience, I have been able to speak with designers from all over the world and pick their brains for what life after college will entail,” said LaFleche, who was recently elected president of HPU’s new American Society of Interior Designers student chapter.
“Overall, working at the High Point Market has been one of my favorite opportunities,” said LaFleche. “I will truly miss it, but I can’t wait to attend in the future as a designer.”