Name: Hiroe Terasawa

Hometown: Yamagata, Japan

Title: Sock designer

Business: Wigwam Socks (Sheboygan, Wis.)

Ever since she was a little girl, Hiroe says, she dreamed of living in the United States and using her creative ability to build a career. Through hard work and talent, that dream is coming true.

Fresh off her graduation in May, 2013, Hiroe is working full time in the marketing department at Wigwam Socks, designing women’s casual and ski socks. She has created more than 20 unique sock designs so far, some of which could end up in the marketplace.

“I love this job,” says Hiroe, who earned her Lakeland degree in art with a graphic design emphasis. “This is exactly what I want to do, and the people I work with are very nice.”

With assistance from Lakeland College Associate Professor of Art Denise Presnell-Weidner, Hiroe interviewed for – and earned – the paid, post-graduate internship position in March, 2013.

Lakeland’s faculty members and the career development office helped Hiroe prepare for the interview, she says. Her college curriculum, which included extensive training in Adobe software programs such as Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator, prepared her for the job she’s enjoying so much today.

Hiroe’s Lakeland College journey actually began at Lakeland College Japan, in Tokyo. After earning her Associate of Arts degree, she transferred to Lakeland College’s main campus in Sheboygan.

“Everything was new to me,” she recalls about her move to Wisconsin. “Food, culture, language, everything I did at Lakeland was challenging for me. I tried my best all the time, so my college life could be full and exciting. I believe my efforts are paying off.”