Auburn industrial design student Blake Scordino shows how pursuing a passion can lead to amazing opportunities. For three weeks this past August, Scordino was one of 18 students worldwide who participated in the Pensole x
Pensole Footwear Design Academy partnered with Foot Locker, Inc. for the fourth time to put on this highly selective program. The purpose of these master classes, as stated by Pensole founder D’Wayne Edwards, is to “foster the next generation of emerging footwear talent.”The students who were chosen to attend spent the three weeks learning about product creation and footwear design and materials, along with being exposed to marketing opportunities.
Scordino was the first student from Auburn to ever attend this program, which he did not take for granted.
“I was honored to have been chosen because I know thousands and thousands entered for this course and only 18 are
While at the master classes, Scordino spent each day busy gaining new information and experiences. One of Scordino’s more memorable takeaways was that
Scordino gives a lot of credit to Auburn for helping him discover and cultivate his passion for design. He emphasized how he didn’t even discover this specific passion until he came to Auburn for the industrial design program, where he was inspired and encouraged by some of his professors such as Chris Arnold and Jerrod Windham.
“I grew a passion for the creative process that comes along with learning design,” he said.
Because he constantly worked toward his dream and took a leap of faith, Scordino happily stated that every day he is doing what he loves. Scordino recommended the same to any underclassmen who may have the same passion.