Megan Batz '20

Major: Photography, Emphasis-Occupational Therapy
Minor: Graphic Communication

What made you choose this major?

Photography has always been a passion of mine. In high school, I took photography classes and learned about film photography and the dark room. I fell more in love with photography and I knew I wanted to go to school for it.

What is your career objective?

Due to also having an emphasis in occupational therapy, my goal is to work with children in the hospital. However, I’d like to get a job with National Geographic as a freelance photographer, so that I can travel on off days.

How has what you’ve learned in your courses so far prepared you for your future?  

My courses have really taught me how to think outside the box and get creative in ways that I take pictures. Because of this, I am able to express different emotions that I am feeling and put it into a photograph.

What opportunities have you had to work closely with a faculty member and what impact has that had on your education?

The small class sizes are the reason that I picked Carroll. Throughout the years at Carroll, I have been able to create friendships with other kids in my classes and bounce ideas off of them especially since they are taking the same class. Working with the faculty has been amazing as well because they get to know you as a student. Because of this, they tell you how you have come so far and really help you to continue to progress in your career.

What is the most memorable experience you’ve had at Carroll?

My senior show for my capstone. This show is the last project I will have at Carroll as a photography student. The assignment is entirely what I want to do, with the help of students giving me feedback on my idea. There are not any guidelines to follow and I am free to show what I have learned and can offer the world.

How has Carroll enriched your growth as a person?

I have an emphasis in occupational therapy and I also have a minor in graphic design. Due to how Carroll sets up classes, I am able to explore the medical field and help people but also keep my creative side through photography and graphic design. I have also been involved in many clubs and two of them I was on the executive board for. These two clubs were CU Move (Dance) and Photography Club. I got to work with other students who share the same interests and share my interest and knowledge with other students.

If you were recommending your major to a prospective student, what would you tell them?

To any student looking to come to Carroll for photography, it will be the best decision ever. Not only do you get to learn more about the medium, but you will learn about yourself. My senior show is photos that I never thought in a million years I would be taking. Carroll’s program has helped to expand my creative side.

How has financial aid made a difference in your life?

I have received a few art scholarships, academic scholarships, and other scholarships. These scholarships have helped me to keep coming back to Carroll and finish out my degree so that I can have a college education.

What’s your favorite place to study on campus?

My favorite place to study is on the rooftop of Hastad at sunset. I find it to be so peaceful and help take away any stress that I might be feeling.

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