Finding the right fit when it comes to education is important. Catherine knows this first hand.
“I originally went to school in Oregon, and I wasn’t the right fit,” said Catherine. “I had a couple friends that went to Clarke, and they got in contact with coach to make it possible for me to come here. I felt like if I had four years I wanted to be
around friends and great professors. I didn’t even visit before I enrolled, just went off what my friend’s said. I definitely made the right call.”
At Clarke, Catherine was unsure about which major to choose. A publications professor noticed her class work standing out and suggested she look into graphic design.
“I’ve always been crafty, but I never saw myself doing design,” said Catherine. “I talked to assistant professor of art Eric Wold and I learned so much. I feel like I would not be this confident if it were
not for him. I think the world of him.”
Now, as a graphic design major, Catherine gets to work on lots of different projects.
“I made a city guide for Madison that is waterproof, also a cookbook and I entered my “Arty the Royal Choke” food truck campaign in the ADDY awards,” said Catherine.
Internships are a great addition to any coursework and Clarke can help students find the right opportunities.
“Last winter I interned with the Dubuque Chamber of Commerce,” said Catherine. “I’ve also been working for my dad’s housing company with marketing and graphic design work. I’ve been
able to apply the things I’ve learned, and I put in so much work
because I don’t want to let him down. It’s a real client and real experience, the only difference is he gets to harp on me even when I’m not home.”