What made you choose this major?
I actually started at Carroll with a photography minor, but after taking the Photo 1 class and meeting other photography students, I realized that I not only enjoyed creating art in this way but that it is also really practical. I’ve always loved art but always thought it was out of reach—the connections I have made through Carroll have helped me grow as an artist and feel confident in my skills.
What is your career objective?
I hope to attend graduate school for photography so that I could potentially teach on the university level. I also plan to continue doing freelance work and searching for jobs in the commercial photography world.
How has what you’ve learned prepared you for your future?
A lot of my classes have focused on the technical skills which build the foundation for good photographs, but my commercial photography class has taught me about the “real world” applications of photography and how to navigate being an artist for a living. The required classes for photography majors all culminate to develop well-rounded artists, and artists who are prepared for life after graduation.
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 at Carroll have given me the opportunity to develop strong relationships with the visual and performing arts faculty in a way that a larger university could not. I had the opportunity to work on an independent summer photography project with Phil Krejcarek that helped me find my voice as an artist, and gave me the opportunity to work outside of the classroom. Additionally, I have often worked alongside professor Jennifer Dobby to create images to be used for the visual and performing arts department, which has given me experience and helped me add to my portfolio.
What is the most memorable experience you’ve had in your education at Carroll?
My cross-cultural experience was one of the most memorable experiences I have had during my time at Carroll. This trip allowed me to meet other people from my class, learn about history and culture in an immersive way, and explore a part of the world I never would have seen otherwise.
How has Carroll enriched your growth as a person?
I have had the opportunity to be involved in the theatre department throughout my years at Carroll, which has given me another outlet for creative expression. I have made so many friends and memories, and have made connections with people off-campus that will help me professionally after college.
If you were recommending your major to a prospective student, what would you tell them?
Choosing a photography major was one of the best decisions I could have made, but make sure to do it for the right reasons. It’s a lot of hard work, but it all pays off if you’re genuinely passionate about art. Having a smaller art program at Carroll can give you the opportunity to find your voice and work closely with other students and staff. Take advantage of the opportunities presented to you, and find your passion.
How has financial aid made a difference in your life?
Financial aid has made all the difference in my ability to attend Carroll. I have been very fortunate to have received donor-sponsored scholarships as well as academic scholarships, and they allow me to continue to attend Carroll without being worried about my future after graduation. Because of all the financial aid I have received in undergrad, I am able to consider the possibility of attending graduate school without the fear of enormous debt.
What’s your favorite place to study on campus?
Most of the time I study in my room. All of the residence halls I’ve lived in have been comfortable and easy to work in.
“The connections I have made through Carroll have helped me grow as an artist.”
— Allison Calteux '20
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