Larkin Schramm speaks eloquently of her Interior Architecture major, although she’s only in her first week of classes. “In daily life, our environments inspire an appreciation for the connection between humanity and nature,” says Schramm.
The freshman and Hickory, N.C., native earned her International Baccalaureate in 2015, and although she was offered full-tuition scholarships at other academic institutions, Schramm chose UNCG.
“UNCG offers a diverse, active, and intelligent atmosphere along with challenging academics and a broad spectrum of studies,” says Schramm, who was chosen to be part of The UNCG Lloyd International Honors College. “The university also offers strong programs in Latin and Greek, which I hope to pursue further during my college career.”
Schramm was awarded the Katherine Smith Reynolds Scholarship, which promotes travel, study and community service. “To me, my major and pursuit of a graduate degree in architecture stands as a representation of a passionate application of history, art and beauty to our immediate surroundings,” says Schramm.
She first became interested in Interior Architecture while studying ancient classical structures and art in high school. She sees the major as an opportunity to better understand how art and logic overlap. Although only 18, she’s already been an art camp counselor and had a showing of her own prints, paintings and sculpture at the Hickory Museum of Art. In 2013 she won the mixed media sector of the North Carolina Scholastic Arts & Writing Competition.
In addition to the International Baccalaureate program she began in primary school, Schramm was an active member of the National Honor Society and the National Beta Club. She was an officer of the Latin Club, president of the Literary Club and editor of the school’s literary magazine.
At UNCG, Schramm plans to take advantage of the area’s rich history in home furnishings, learning about the culture of textiles and furniture in North Carolina. “I would love to produce some of my own sketches and pieces.”
Aside from academics, she plans to further satisfy her curiosity of travel and art, and hopes to work at WUAG, the student-run radio station on campus. “I want to meet lots of new people with different perspectives on the world,” she says. With UNCG’s diverse student population and a nationally ranked interior design program, Schramm has certainly chosen the right place.
Story by Mary Leigh Howell, contributor
Photography by Martin W. Kane, UNCG University Relations