Hi, I’m Heba!

Hi, I am Heba Jaleel. Here’s a little bit about me, who I am, where I am from and a few highlights of my life. I am from India but grew up and finished my schooling and undergrad in the UAE. I have been in Dubai all my life and this is the first time I am away from home and my family. But being someone who has always been fascinated and interested in art and design, visiting New York has always been a dream. Hence, this is a very exciting journey for me, but a bit scary too!

I started my bachelor’s in Architecture but soon realized it was not something I enjoyed and then switched my major to Design Management. Switching my major was one of the hardest decisions I had to make but I believe it was the best thing I did for myself. After completing my bachelors, I worked as a brand designer at a creative agency in Dubai. Although I had a good time working there, I realized graphic design related work was not something I wanted to continue as I wanted to do so much more. And that is when I made the decision to go to a graduate school and find my “calling”. And after being here at SVA, I believe I have made the right decision and can’t wait to see how the journey ends for me. 

I love to sketch, doodle and experiment with different kinds of arts and craft and it’s something that runs in my family. Some other things I enjoy doing are going for movies and finding new food spots and what better place to explore different cuisines than New York! 

Being away from home has not been easy, especially leaving my sister. But thanks to technology, I can stay connected with everyone back in Dubai. However, having my best friend here in New York has made my transition to New York much more smoother. 

I am very thrilled for my journey here at SVA and I am looking forward to learning more and more! And yes, I too love dogs so here’s a picture of Hershey to end this on a happy note 🙂

My instagram handle is heba_jalil 🙂