Catherine Clappin '18, BS Digital Arts & Sciences and Communication
Hometown: East Durham, N.Y.
When I visited Clarkson, I knew right away that this is where I wanted to be. I instantly fell in love with the campus, and I was aware of the quality of education the University provides. I came to college with enough credits to be a second-semester freshman, and I am so happy with the flexibility I've had in choosing a career path. The offerings here are so diverse that I changed majors twice and was still able to take exactly what I needed.
I originally planned to be an engineering major, but I was interested in architecture so I switched to civil engineering. That wasn't quite right either, but now I'm finishing a double major in digital arts & sciences and communication. I've always had an interest in art and animation, so it was a good fit. I added the communication major because I thought that it would help prepare me for the professional world, and it has.
Technically, I've been a senior for a year. I like to stay busy and get my work done! I'm a Presidential Scholar, with a 3.8 GPA, and I'm eager to start my career. I'd like to work as a content creator, whether it be in video, animation, writing, photography or another area. I can work in the field of motion graphics or digital graphics with a bachelor's degree.
Being a student at Clarkson has helped me grow professionally, as well as personally. Outside of class, I'm a part of Clarkson’s WTSC-FM Radio and the president of IDEA (Interactive Digital Entertainment & Arts) Club, where we work as a group, as well as sharing our own art. For the past two years, we've been working on a video game that we developed. We tried our hand at animation for an original story about the Snow Queen. We thought it would be fun, and it has been. While it took a little longer than we expected to do the storyline and develop characters, we now have a better sense of what it would take in the real world and what it would be like to work on an industry team. That's something you’ll hear a lot from Clarkson students — we have many opportunities for real-world experience and learning!
Last semester, I had a motion-graphics internship with Professor Farina, and I got more hands-on experience there. I think I learned a lot!
This summer, I'm an intern at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, working with the special assistant to the commissioner for outdoor recreation. As the outdoor recreation promotions intern, it's my job to create content for social media that encourages people to use and enjoy the many natural resources around the state. New York is huge, with so many beautiful mountains, lakes, rivers and forests, as well as spots to hike, bike, swim, fish or go boating. Go explore!