Rachel Turdo
Rachel Turdo Visual Communications
Vestal, NY

Professors Make All the Difference at Cazenovia.

Cazenovia College was the first school that Rachel Turdo visited as she began her college-search process. She attended one of the College's open house programs, which featured members of the faculty. "I remember talking to Professor Scott Jensen about the graphic design program," says Turdo.

After an additional visit and learning more about the school's visual communications program—and receiving a significant scholarship—Turdo decided that the College was a good fit. "I knew I wanted to study graphic design and stay sort of close to home," says Turdo. "The scholarship I was offered also played a role in making the decision to come to Cazenovia," she adds.

Not surprisingly, visual communications with a concentration in graphic design is Turdo's major. "I appreciate that there are opportunities to study many different areas of design at Cazenovia, from package design to web design," says Turdo. She has taken a number of courses with Professor Andrea Hempstead, including Concepting, Graphic I & II, and Mobile App Design. "Andrea has had a huge influence on me," explains Turdo.

Beyond the classroom, Turdo has been able to showcase her personal artwork with a recent exhibition in the Jephson A Building's Deacon Student Gallery titled Stitches, which ran September 8 through October 6. Her work includes several fiber art pieces, which apply traditional knitting techniques in ways that exceed what a viewer would normally think of as knitting.

In addition to life on campus, studying abroad for a semester in Canterbury, England, has also played a significant role in Turdo's Cazenovia experience. "The Canterbury program is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that Cazenovia College offers its students," she says. "I experienced so many new things and grew so much as a person while studying abroad."

An emphasis on professional enhancement opportunities has been very important to Turdo. Last summer, she was one of the graphic design interns at the Make-A-Wish Foundation in Syracuse, NY. "It was rewarding to see a project through from beginning to end," says Turdo.

Membership in the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA)—an organization for design professionals—and its local chapter here on campus, has also been a positive networking experience. "Our AIGA club takes annual trips to visit different types of professional design studios and agencies," says Turdo. "Excursions like this will help guide and prepare me for my career in graphic design."

Turdo sums up her Cazenovia experience in saying, "I love that because the size of the programs here are relatively small, there are so many opportunities to work closely with the professors and have hands-on learning experiences. I feel like Caz has definitely prepared me for my future."

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