Student Spotlight: Puttiphong “Van” Uraamporn

Puttiphong "Van" Uraamporn

Puttiphong “Van” Uraamporn
Major: Interior Design

After earning a bachelor’s degree in his native Thailand, Puttiphong “Van” Uraamporn went to work in his father's glass and window company and developed an interest in interior design.

When an opportunity to come to the U.S. arose, Uraamporn took advantage of it and enrolled in ESL classes at College of DuPage. His goal was then to transition into the Interior Design program. Thankfully, Interior Design Associate Professor Jane Kielb provided guidance.

“It was sometimes hard for a student like me to study in a whole new environment and different language,” he said. “However, Jane advised me to plan out my classes for each semester since I started ESL to meet my educational goals and my time limit in the U.S. She also provided a great education, including lecture, lab and field trips.”

Uraamporn also discovered a strong curriculum that provided real-world experience and a powerful computer lab, where he used computer model rendering to create presentations and final projects. During his last year, he even won two design awards.

“I was able to win second place of the IIDA (International Interior Design Association) RED award and also honorable mention for the ASID (American Association of Interior Design) Richard A. Smith Memorial Scholarship,” he said. “COD was definitely part of that success.”

Uraamporn completed his associate’s degree as well as two certificates -- Interior Lighting Design and Interior Design Computer Applications. Returning to Thailand, he has been working steadily as an interior designer, which he loves.

He has no regrets taking the opportunity to come to the U.S. and study at College of DuPage. In fact, he has simple advice for students interested in COD.

“At COD you pay less but you’ll earn more,” he said.

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