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Craig Dudley '12 - Graphic Design
Realizing early on he wanted to focus on his education in a major that combined his computer skills with his artistic abilities, Craig found an excellent fit in the graphic design program at Curry College.
"All my credits transferred and Curry offered a good financial aid package. When I visited campus, I liked that it's located so close to Boston. Besides, it's a beautiful place, and it just felt like it could be my new home."
Craig enjoys designing the 180+ pages of the Curry College yearbook, working with Adobe Illustrator software and taking classes with Professor Heather Shaw.
"She opened my eyes to the world of design," says Craig. "Professor Shaw is fantastic - very helpful, approachable and easy to talk to about my projects. When I show her pieces I'm working on, she always offers good suggestions and great advice."
In a special independent-study-style class with Professor Shaw, Craig looks forward to being involved in creating a book design and assembling the finished product for the New England Book Show. Usually handled by area design professionals, the 2012 project will be completed by Curry College graphic design students.
Professor Shaw also recommended Craig for an internship at Jackrabbit Design in Boston that started out as a semester and turned into nine months of fruitful collaboration. Craig was such a great fit at Jackrabbit that he played a special baseball game with company members at Fenway Park and plans to freelance at Jackrabbit during the winter break of '11-'12. He also completed a four-month internship with the Portland (ME) Pirates minor league hockey team, creating signage and video board graphics for home games.
In courses on managerial communication and leadership communication with senior communication lecturer Sharon Sinott, Craig learned a lot about himself as a person.
"I used to be shy, but these classes helped me break out of that so I feel more comfortable in front of groups," says Craig. "Professor Sinott always has coffee and donuts in her office, and I like to stop by and chat. She's just one of the best teachers."
"Curry is such a welcoming place. I made friends quickly through classes, my work-study position in the Student Activities Office, and just getting involved in clubs and activities."
Because Craig played hockey at Southern Maine and served as team captain his second year, he was interested in a school where he could continue the ice wars while pursuing his degree. Craig's intramural floor hockey team made it to the championship game in 2011 and came in as runner-up.
"We're psyched to win it all this year!" he predicted.
As a summer orientation leader, Craig helped introduce incoming freshmen to Curry's community and shared the group's memorable experience - watching the Boston Bruins win game seven in the National Hockey League playoffs to take home the Stanley Cup.
When he's not in class, Craig meets friends inside the Student Center or out front in Westhaver Park. If he has a free evening or weekend, Boston's Newbury Street entertainment and restaurant district, Boston Commons or Bruins hockey games beckon.
Developing long-term connections with classmates, professors and alumni is another important aspect of Craig's experience at Curry.
"I've met some great people who have become lifelong friends and potential colleagues. We have a great alumni network, which can help us get a foot in the door at places like ESPN. Once I finish graduate school, I want to work at a design firm and eventually open my own business, probably with people I met at Curry."
Craig's advice to anyone considering Curry College?
"It's really true that college is what you make it. The more involved you are and the more you do on campus, the better your experience will be. Take the initiative and say hello. There's a lot to do and great stuff happening at Curry, so make the most of your time on campus."
Update: Immediately after graduation in June, 2012, Crag was hired as a freelance graphic designer for LLM Design where he will design a bi-annual newsletter for Equity Office Boston. Equity Office Boston is Boston's largest commercial landlord and they will print and distribute 10,000 copies of the newsletter, with Craig's design. Once this project is completed he will be tasked to do more freelance work for LLM Design.
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