“I love Gallatin because it is really a place where nobody ever says ‘can’t’,” says senior Kristi Berry. “I’ve never been told that something is impossible or unreachable, and as a result, I know how to work hard to make my passions happen.”
Berry's concentration is new media and graphic design, with a focus on the business of entertainment and technology. She has completed three internships during her time at Gallatin (in the art departments at Seventeen, Cosmopolitan and Glamour magazines), and she’s currently a part-time freelancer for Glamour. Her interest in publishing grew when she worked as an editor for Gallatin’s Literacy Review, under the direction of Writing Program Director June Foley. “Being able see the non-arts side of publishing with something like the Literacy Review, where it affects so many people so personally, has been a highlight of my time at Gallatin.”
Berry was the graphic designer for the 2012 Gallatin Arts Festival this year, allowing her to get a feel for everything that goes into producing an arts festival and the behind-the-scenes curation. “I also sat on the design team for the Gallatin Research Journal, which was really fun and collaborative,” she says.
As an intern for two summers working for a financial start-up called Simple, she not only learned about the worlds of banking and finance, but also about emerging technologies and the start-up community. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career in graphic design and to explore the ways in which new technologies impact existing media. “I had always done my own thing in high school,” says Berry, explaining why she chose Gallatin, “and it just seemed right that I would continue to create my own path in college.”