Alumni Spotlight | Lily Che, User Experience Design

By BrainStation November 16, 2016

Learn more about our Full-Time User Experience Design course.

Let’s start with an introduction of yourself, what’s your name, where do you live, what do you do?

Hi! My name is Lily. I live in downtown Toronto and I am a junior UX designer.

What course did you take at BrainStation, and when did you take it?

I took the User Experience Full-Time Immersive course in the summer of 2016, a week after I had my convocation for my B.Sc at U of T.

What did you do prior to taking your course? What prompted you to take a course?

I was a new grad and I had just finished my double major in biotechnology and media studies prior to enrolling in the Brainstation course. I joined because I had realized what a perfect fit UX was for my academic background, mixing the sciences and the arts! But also very importantly, it satisfies my passions in reducing “wth moments” in everyday life. I was initially introduced to BrainStation’s courses through working as an events intern part time during my last semester. As I was immersed in this new digital learning space, I became increasingly interested in researching what UX was, and finally decided to take the course after having completed my university degree.

What was the most challenging part of your course?

The most challenging part of the course was to step away from designing to be able to get fresh perspectives. After staring at the same things day after day it becomes difficult to see how it can be better. It is not easy to balance critical thoughts and kudos in your head when examining a design!


Did you have a favourite part of your experience with BrainStation?

My favourite part of the course goes hand in hand with the most difficult part of the course! I really loved the team collaboration sessions when all of us could bounce around new ideas and validate/critique each other’s work in progress. Unique brains see unique points! Every idea is valuable. People always say, “you can learn from everyone”. This experience was when it really hit home for me.

Did you do work outside of class?

Yes, I definitely did. A lot. I was just too obsessed (this is not normal). I sacrificed a lot of my health and sleep for the main individual project. I had lots of visits to the doctor, and I think it was worth it – but probably not. However it does tell me that I am truly excited about UX and the fact that I like to invest time in it means a lot. For a 21-year-old, I consider myself lucky for finding my passion so early on.

How has the course helped you in your career?

The course has really taught me all the core fundamentals that empower me to be great at my job. It was very fast paced, but also extremely comprehensive. All the content that was covered in the course was very useful and I still reflect on them from time to time.

Would you recommend BrainStation to a friend?

Definitely! I was just talking to a co-worker about BrainStation!