Emilee BerryArt/graphic design
Battle Creek, Iowa

Living art
In addition to a major in art/graphic design, Emilee is minoring in arts administration and public relations. She serves as the photo editor for the student newspaper, The Beacon, and as the marketing/media specialist for the Student Activities Council. Emilee serves as a tutor for the art department and is an Honors Program student. She’s also participated in RUSH, Northwestern’s dance event, and in a Spring Service Project team to Jacksonville, Florida. Once she earns her degree from NWC, she plans to go to graduate school.

The road to Northwestern
Coming from a small school where teachers really invest in their students, I knew I needed a college that would do the same. During high school I worked at a camp where several of the staff were Northwestern students, so I learned a lot about the professors, students and academic programs, as well as getting a feel for dorm and social life. Hearing good things, I decided to check it out for myself. After visiting Northwestern, I fell in love with the atmosphere and sense of belonging. I knew NWC would be a perfect fit.

Called to create
Growing up, I was constantly doodling in the margins of my notebooks and experimenting with Photoshop. But although art was something I enjoyed, I never thought I would pursue it as a career. I planned to major in chemistry with the hopes of doing research. The summer after my senior year in high school, however, I discovered my passion for photography and design and decided to switch my major to art/graphic design.

Through the lens of faith
Because art is a reflection of who we are and what we know, faith plays a major role in the classroom. Our professors challenge us to incorporate faith into how we view the artwork we see—and also to study works from the perspective of someone with different beliefs. Investigating and talking about what each student finds valuable in art strengthens the department both academically and spiritually.

Room for expression
Art is shaping who I am becoming. I’ve learned how to think critically and to express myself in a way that is detailed and precise. My graphic design classes further prepare me for life after graduation by incorporating service-learning projects. These experiences of working with real clients and getting a feel for how things will work in a design firm are something I really value.

Critical thinking
Northwestern has taught me a lot about who I am becoming and who I want to be. I thought I knew where I stood on difficult topics, but the courses and conversations I’ve had provided me with thoughts different from my own. These conversations have helped me think more critically and to be open-mined.

Time to talk
There are many things I appreciate about Northwestern, but I’m most grateful for open doors. Professors love when students drop by to talk about a particular class, faith and the questions that go with it, or life in general. Walking around the dorms knowing you could enter most any room and strike up a conversation is a great thing (especially if you are trying to procrastinate)!