Creative Technology Design for Social Impact

Social impact and community development infused with creative artistic expression has always been important to me. From my work in organizing through critical spoken word poetry in undergrad to learning how to design interactive electronic art installations in graduate school, I am incredibly energized to learn and put forth new ideas on how to combine…

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The Trifecta: Building Interdisciplinary Skills in Communication, Research and Technology Design

What’s your superpower? In today’s age, everyone has access to quick information and online learning tools like Lynda.com and YouTube. With social media, it’s easy to feel like everyone’s got everything and it’s up to us to play catch up. Last week, however, I attended the Engaged and Public Humanities 4-Day Seminar which focused largely…

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How I Discovered My Value in User Experience Design

Everyone wants a career they love. For me, I’ve always wanted a career that allowed me to be creative, thoughtful, impactful, passionate, and analytical. In elementary school, I remember telling my teacher I wanted to be a writer. At some point, I wanted to own my own publishing company so that I could help other…

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Instapoets and the New Fame of Poetry

Poetry has entered a new realm with bright and shining lights (or just massive followers) through viral social media fame. Poets are now using sites like Instagram and Tumblr to build their platforms in a much more visible space than ever before but it’s not without backlash. These short poems that focus on love and…

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My Journey in Applying for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (aka) An Article on Shooting Your Shot

Here’s the thing about the NSF GRFP application. According to my obsessive research on Google and Quora, winning it seems to be something like pure luck (not to diminish the winning applicants). I’ve never been particularly lucky, but I’d like to think I’m somewhat of an optimist. For those who aren’t aware of what the…

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How to Cope With Loneliness in Graduate School

When I first decided to move half way across the country, I felt a burst of explorative energy. I’ve lived (three hours) away from home for the last five years during undergrad. I’ve traveled 11 hours+ across the world to study abroad for four weeks. I’ve always been the independent one who prefers to be…

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