My time at USAO helped to cultivate my artistic self in a way that I could professionally apply to a business. Those are your formative adolescent adult years; you’re forming your self confidence as a young adult. I think USAO helped round that out for me.
Always a go-getting artistic type, Lindi Collins was able to cultivate those qualities while attending USAO to gave her the confidence and ability to open and build her own business shortly after graduation.
The 2001 USAO alumna opened The Bridal Garden, an event floral design business, in Tulsa in 2002 off advice from some friends and has watched it continue to grow since then.
“Before I knew it, a seed started to bloom, and I had a business,” Collins said. “You can’t have a successful business without being proud of what you do. My greatest career accomplishment would be building a business from scratch.”
Owning her own business, Collins explains, isn’t all fun and games. There’s a lot of work, including 18-hour days during her busy season.
“It’s different owning your own business. You’ve got this internal fire keeping you going,” she said. “Fortunately, I am one of those people who made a career out of doing something you love.”
Collins knew she was drawn to become an artist and attended USAO off advice from her high school art teacher, also a USAO graduate. Even though her degree is in painting, she uses design aspects in the classroom regularly. Her clients often rely on her artistic eye in color choices and design.
“My time at USAO helped to cultivate my artistic self in a way that I could professionally apply to a business,” she said. “Those are your formative adolescent adult years; you’re forming your self confidence as a young adult. I think USAO helped round that out for me.”
Another reason Collins is glad to be a USAO graduate? The value of the education she received.
“It was definitely well worth the price,” she said. “I paid off my student loans well before my siblings and friends who attended other schools.”