Name: Tori Kraj
Hometown: Marietta, Georgia
Campus involvement: LGBTQIA Resource Center, Pi Epsilon Phi Co-Ed Chorale Service Fraternity, Glee Club, ATL Beatbox, GT Poetry Club, CM Ambassadors
In fifty words or less, describe yourself.
Growing up, I found myself integrating STEM with the arts. The breadth of my interests has covered designing and 3D printing flutes, creating eco-friendly sculptures, being an NSF drone cybersecurity researcher, and so much more. Computational media has given me the ability to continue to explore all the interests.
What is the coolest thing you have done in your studies as a CM major?
Personally, I love the more theoretical classes like communication and culture where the papers and discussions that you have in class really open up your eyes to how we look at and interact with innovation as a society. However, the knowledge gained from that can be more difficult to showcase, so one of my coolest projects I like to show is a VR environment based on Picasso’s “Girl Before a Mirror” painting that I built through Aframe: https://torikraj.github.io/GirlBeforeAMirror/
What are your professional goals?
I want to get a masters in public anthropology and work at an organization or company like the CDC creating informative designs and experiences to educate the public on how to live happier and healthier lives.
In one sentence, explain why students should choose the CM major.
Past applying the major’s teachings of communication and design to a future career, it also helps you on a personal level of being able to understand your relationship to society and technology; I love the fluidity of this major, and truly believe any career pathway could benefit from a graduate who has gone through this coursework.