Megan Milano on Why She Chose Champlain, Diving Into Class Projects, and Creating Designs for Major Campus Events
Megan Milano, '19
Communication & Creative Media
Visual Communication Design
Design & Communication Intern at ECHO Leahy Center in Burlington, VT
London, United Kingdom
Graphic Designer at Union Street Media in Burlington, VT
I often find myself connecting with and becoming invested in the projects that I do for my major.
What made you choose Champlain College?
When I was looking for colleges, Champlain blew every other school out of the water by far. I could tell that the professors really cared about the students and were passionate about what they were teaching. The biggest thing that drew me to Champlain was that we could take classes in our major starting the very first semester, so I knew that Graphic Design & Digital Media* was right for me.
*This program named changed to Visual Communication Design in 2019.
Have you worked on any projects that have been particularly rewarding?
I often find myself connecting with and becoming invested in the projects that I do for my major. It is really tough for me to work on something that I am not passionate about, so being able to dive into something allows me to design it as my best self. Two projects in particular that I felt very connected with were a mantra poster I created and a typographic book that I designed.
Are you involved with any extracurricular activities?
I am the Director of Design for CHAMP (Champlain Has Activities and Motivational Programming). We plan all major campus events throughout the year to help build the community. I have been a member since the first week of my first year, and I love the positive atmosphere of the meetings. Now I'm a member of the board, and I make all the designs for the events. I couldn't be happier that I took a step out of my comfort zone.
Juliette Cavanaugh on the Core Curriculum, Graphic Design, and Burlington City Arts
Juliette Cavanaugh, '19
Communication & Creative Media
Graphic Design (now Visual Communication Design)
Auckland, New Zealand
Graphic Design Intern at Burlington City Arts in Burlington, VT
While focusing on my major is obviously important, I think that being aware of what is going on around you—both locally and globally—is just as important.
How did you pick your major?
I've always been a creative person and graphic design seemed like a great way to express that creativity both in the classroom and in the professional field. Initially, there are a lot of preliminary steps you need to take, such as learning how to navigate certain software or how to articulate design language. Learning those skills early on has allowed me to hone my design skills and become more confident in my field.
What has been your experience with the Core Curriculum at Champlain?
While focusing on my major is obviously important, I think that being aware of what is going on around you-both locally and globally-is just as important. Especially being a graphic designer, I feel that I'm very aware of this because I know images can easily transcend cultural and language barriers. They're universal. Because of this, it's important to recognize who your audience is and how your work might be interpreted around the world.
Have you had any internships?
I was the Graphic Design Intern at Burlington City Arts in the summer of 2017. My duties included creating promotional materials for events and exhibitions, digital signage and social media assets, as well as printing vinyl signage for events, classrooms and office spaces. I also helped set up and run the Festival of Fools, which takes place on Church Street every summer. Seeing my designs all over Church Street was very exciting and rewarding for me.