What is your name?
When do you expect to graduate
Which degree program in GT Digital Media are you enrolled in?
Where are you from?
All over (father who works for the military), but I’ve lived the longest in Rincon, GA, which is right outside of Savannah.
What is your educational/professional background?
I’m one of those who went straight from undergrad to grad school. Did my B.A. in Spanish Literature at Presbyterian College with minors in English and Religion. When I heard about this program, I knew it would combine my interest in technology with my liberal arts background and experience. This summer, I interned at State Farm in their user experience (UX) department.
What activities are you involved with on campus? (project studios, collaborative projects, GRAs, clubs, etc)
My first semester, I was involved with Janet Murray’s eTV lab and worked on a transmedia storytelling game for Game of Thrones. The following semester, I got involved with Nassim JafariNaimi’s Sweet Auburn Initiative, which inspired my master’s project. I’ve also been involved with Women in Telecommunications (WICT), Ladies that UX, and the Student Alumni Association (SAA). I started a Digital Media Ladies group for our department and have helped coordinate department-wide social events, such as our weekly happy hour at our local bar.
Describe your interests in the DM field?
My interest has always lied around storytelling. At first, I went the entertainment route, but then I wound up aligned with civic media.
What has been your favorite project you’ve worked on so far?
My favorite project would have to be my final project in Nassim’s Visual Culture and Design. We were tasked to create a media strategy for the Sweet Auburn District in downtown Atlanta. My group imagined ways to use the streetcar as a storytelling platform. This project evolved into my current master’s project.
Why did you choose Digital Media at Georgia Tech?
I heard about it because my younger brother started one of the undergraduate programs (Computational Media) and my mom called me after his orientation and told me how much everything sounded like what I’m interested in. So I looked into graduate programs and found Digital Media. I visited campus with my family during family weekend and talked to Michael Nitsche, the director of the program, as well as other professors I could talk to at the family weekend reception. After that, I looked on the DM website and read these profiles and reached out to one of the people who sounded both friendly and willing to talk to me. She told me all about the program and answered my many questions. So feel free to reach out to me! Happy to pay it forward.
What are your ambitions after finishing the Digital Media program?
Eventually, I’d like to go into management. Right now, I’m pursuing research positions because it combines my liberal arts background with my current studies. But who knows what will actually happen!
Why would you recommend the Digital Media program to others?
Definitely! I already have. I think this program provides so much room for exploration and customization for your own interests. Maybe sometimes it feels like too much freedom, but I would never say that I haven’t been able to pursue my interests and passions.