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Rebekah graduated from Georgia Southern University in December of 2017 with a B.S. in Interior Design.
In college, we had to do an internship over the summer. I did mine at a residential firm because that's what I thought I wanted to do. It was a great experience and I learned a lot but it made me realize residential design was not for me. I really like the challenging aspect of commercial design, such as applying codes, research, and doing more space planning.
We used a bunch of Steelcase products in our projects at school, so when I saw McWaters was an authorized Steelcase dealer, that made me interested in them. When I took a closer look, I was surprised to see how many different services they offered—flooring, A/V, furniture, relocation—so that got me hooked. It's cool to see how all the service lines come together and how everyone works as such a great team to make a project turn out really well for the customer. The people of McWaters also had a huge impact on me. Everyone is extremely welcoming and genuine. It truly is like becoming a part of a second family.
We learned about Steelcase products at Georgia Southern and applied them in projects, but we didn't have any physical samples. I love that now I can be in our showroom and be able to interact with the actual furniture. So far my favorite is the Ology height adjustable desk. I really enjoy research, so I love how Steelcase applied their research to workstation design and made this adjustable height work surface to help improve the wellbeing of people in workspace environments.
I'm working on my first project where I get to take charge and run with it. I'm space planning private offices for one of our customers, which is my first real-world project where I get to see what I’ve learned in school applied in the real world. I'm also working with the other designers on some of their projects and helping them space plan, pick finishes, and create client presentations. It's awesome to see how our designers collaborate to make a project come to life.