Camryn transferred to Northwestern during her freshman year so she could play the sports she loved while being close to family. A double major in art therapy and graphic design, she interned with Sunnybrook Church in Sioux City, Iowa, where she designed graphics for brochures and created props for the main lobby area. Now she works full time in graphic design for Iowa Information Publishers, a newspaper company, while also managing client projects for her graphic design business, With Love Design Co.
How did you decide to study graphic design and art therapy?
Before transferring to Northwestern from South Dakota State, I took quite a few introductory design classes, which helped me fall in love with all things creative. I also had personal experience with mental health struggles and the benefits of therapy, so I decided to pursue an art therapy major when I got to Northwestern. During my junior year, I added a graphic design major so I could get a few more art classes under my belt—which would look good when applying to art therapy master’s programs. Now, after being out of school for a little over a year and working full time as a graphic designer, I realize how much I love digital design.
What are the strengths of Northwestern's art department?
I was able to connect with my peers and professors more easily than if I were at a big school or even in a bigger department at Northwestern. The professors are kind, caring and really invested in the time you spend at Northwestern. In addition to teaching, they support their students by attending athletic events, plays and art shows, as well as holding open office hours when you can ask individual questions.
How did your NWC education prepare you for your career?
Northwestern’s education prepared me for my career because it was so hands-on and integrative. For my graphic design major, many of our projects dealt with creating a brand identity or logo for a local business. This was helpful because we would work for clients in the same way after graduating. There were also a lot of classes that required group work, teaching us how to work with others, use good communication skills, and integrate many individual ideas.
How did NWC prepare you to lead a life of significance?
Northwestern was one of the many places that taught me to live life as God’s servant. In everything I do, I do it for God and to lead myself and others closer to him. I got the name for my graphic design business, With Love Design Co., from John 13:34-36 which reads: “So now I am giving you a new commandment; love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” Through my business, I strive to help every individual, group or company become the best version of themselves. Just as God calls us to love one another, I promise to serve everyone with all my love.