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Category: Student Profiles

MSLCE Student Wants To Use Media To Do Good

By Amy A. Ross The media world in which Cameron Kong grew up looks very different from the one she has come to explore in the United States. “As a Chinese student, when I hear the word ‘media’ I think of Hollywood or Broadway, but also of television and news. But I don’t have a

MSLCE Student Went from the Israeli Army to the Music Industry

By Jacob Nelson Benjamin Levine took an unconventional route to jumpstart his creative career. He joined the Israeli army. After graduating in 2011, he moved to Israel and soon found himself driving a tank. “That was a very transformative thing for me in a lot of ways,” Levine said with a laugh. A couple years

MSLCE Student Wants to Fuse Music and Design

By Jacob Nelson Some overachievers will double major in college. Maris O’Tierney decided to triple major. The new MSLCE student studied vocal performance with a focus in opera as well as political science, and art history (with an architectural history concentration) while she was an undergrad at Northwestern. The fact that these majors are so

MSLCE Student Hopes to Work Behind the Scenes in Entertainment Industry

By Jacob Nelson Krystal Zheng’s parents thought she’d grow up to be a professional musician. They sent her to a private music school when she turned five, and she fell into a routine of singing and piano practice. I t wasn’t exactly what Zheng had in mind as a life’s pursuit, but it wasn’t far

MSLCE Student Hopes to Launch a Record Label in Australia

By Amy A. Ross  When she was 19 years old, Shelley Bishop left her home in Brisbane, Australia, determined to explore the world for a year. A few months later, she found herself happily settled in Elmhurst, Illinois, studying Music Business and Jazz Composition. During her time there she did in fact get to see

Before Grad School, MSLCE Student Started a Production Company

By Jacob Nelson Daniel Dvorkin’s creative career started earlier than most. In 2008, he began a production company called Two Lights Theatre Company with Rebecca Leifman when the two were studying theatre at DePaul University in Chicago. Seven years later, Two Lights is still cranking out shows. “When we started it I never had an

On Track to Become an Electrical Engineer, MSLCE Student Does a 180

By Amy A. Ross One year studying Electrical Engineering at the Colorado School of Mines taught Amanda Strong lots of lessons, none more important than that she had no desire to be an Electrical Engineer. “My time there made me realized the things I love about engineering, which had more to do with the business,

MSLCE Student Hopes to Make Dance More Inclusive for Minorities

By Amy Ross Hayley Bullock hadn’t been walking very long by the time she started to dance. At the age of three she was taking tap, jazz and show choir lessons and soon after was performing in public, including a performance at Disney World. However, when she turned 15, Bullock abandoned her dream of becoming