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Meet Michaela McCulley: Compassionate, Hardworking, Diligent, Enthusiastic, Summer Intern

Synthesis welcomes its youngest member to our team: Michaela McCulley. Michaela will be with us this summer as an intern. She is currently working on her bachelor’s degree from Ball State University, specializing in Interior Design. Michaela will be a senior this Fall and is looking forward to pursuing a Masters in Architecture after graduation.

What are you most passionate about learning professionally and why?

I am most passionate about learning how to professionally work through a project from start to finish. I am eager to learn about this because it will set a good foundation for how I go into future projects from this point forward. It is always a wonderful experience to learn and gather tools for your toolbox from those who have been doing what you want to do for years.

In what ways would you like to create value at Synthesis?

For Synthesis, I would love to be an asset to the team, whenever someone needs a few extra parts of a project worked on, I don’t mind stepping in. I have already been informed that I will be part of the team. I just want to make sure that I am depended on. The value that I want to create here is that of a positive one and I hope to leave a lasting impression of a hardworking intern.

Why did you pick Interior Design as your major?

I went to Broad Ripple High School where I was a part of the art magnet. I was always crafty and good at art but I wondered what could I do with that after high school. I started to combine my talents and looking into college programs. I found myself drawn to Architecture and I knew for my entire high school career I was going to go to Ball State for Architecture. Until the summer before I applied to Ball State, I looked a little further into the disciplines and saw that Interior Design would be a better fit. Now that I am in the program, I love it, and I still aspire to get a master’s degree in architecture.

What do you enjoy doing on your free time?

In my free time I usually spend time with family and my sorority sisters. When I am not spending quality times with loved ones I am either crafting or watching movies.

What inspires you?

I am inspired by mother and younger siblings. I have not always had the best upbringing in a single parent household. My mother always pushes me to work as hard as I can, and she always tells me to do better than she did. The thought that each little goal you accomplish is bringing you closer to your main goal always gives me hope.


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