Balancing Co-Running a Business and Graduate School
Nicole Noonan’s list of accomplishments continues to grow. In addition to working toward her Master of Arts in Interior Architecture, the Endicott College Van Loan School graduate student co-opened a residential design business and participated in an internship at the Institute for Human Centered Design. That school-work-life balance has all been worth it, though, as she’s just a few months away from graduating and taking her career to the next level.
A career in design wasn’t Noonan’s original intent when she stepped foot on the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus as a freshman. Instead, she wanted to become a doctor. She quickly found out a career in science wasn’t for her, though, and she switched to communications before graduating in 2015.
Soon after Noonan graduated from UMass, she enrolled at Endicott College’s Van Loan School and co-opened Beige & Bleu Design Studio with her best friend, Morgan Mackintosh.
“We’ve been in business a little over two years now, and it’s been really busy,” Noonan said. “It’s nice to have my classes here and learn stuff and then be able to use it in the field. If I have a question, I always have people here. It’s hard learning to deal with clients at first. It can get a little tricky, so it’s nice to be able to do both at once.”
The Interior Architecture graduate program has been the perfect companion for Noonan as she continues to grow her business. While there is a faster program for students already with a background in design, Noonan is in the longer program for those just starting in the field.