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Congrats to Grads! – Q&A

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May 5, 2015

The end of the semester is always a busy time at PLU, but for graduating students, new chapters of their lives are just beginning. A few soon-to-be SOAC grads took some time to reflect on their undergraduate experiences and share their post-PLU plans. Here’s what they had to say:

Andre Tacuyan

_MG_4421Major: BFA in Graphic Design

Where are you headed? I’m joining Google on the Android Wear Team in Mountain View, California.

How did PLU prepare you for this? PLU gave me the chance to learn what it’s like to work with many different kinds of people from many backgrounds. I was able to grow many skills, not just in design, but other areas as well.

What organizations or clubs were you part of at PLU? During my time at PLU I’ve been involved with the swim team, was a designer on IMPACT and at the Career Connections office specifically in Academic Internships, was on the Resident Hall Council in Tingelstad Hall, and was an ASPLU Senator for one year.

Any special accomplishments while at PLU? I interned at Google, Microsoft, Yabbly, and Poachable.

What is your dream career? I don’t have a specific career in mind but my ultimate goal is to make an impact in the world some day. Google is definitely a step in the right direction and I don’t plan on staying there too long so I can start my own ventures.

Anything else you’d like to add? I am super lucky to be the first design graduate hired by Android Wear.

Michael Plagerman

IMG_0993Major: Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance

Where are you headed? I’ll be attending the University of Notre Dame with a full tuition scholarship, plus a graduate assistantship as a sub-organist at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart.

How did PLU prepare you for this? PLU emphasizes a tremendously high level of scholarship. This often goes unappreciated in music since it’s a performance-based discipline. However, when this level of scholarship is applied to both musical performance and the academic discourse that goes with it, the result is the ability to envision music in a variety of ways. PLU empowers musicians to continue this type of exploration long after they have left the university, which is invaluable in graduate programs.

What organizations or clubs were you part of at PLU? I am a member (and this year’s president) of the Choir of the West. I am a Gonyea Fellow, and also serve on the Student Advisory Board to Dean Bennett.

Any special accomplishments while at PLU? I have been the David P. Dahl organ scholar for three years and was chosen by the music faculty as this year’s James D. Holloway Scholar, which is awarded to one graduating (or soon to be student teaching) senior.

What is your dream career?  I am not entirely sure. I love playing organ and directing choirs. So I’d say currently I’m interested in pursuing high level church music as a career. I would also love to teach organ at a university, and possibly explore opportunities in university administration.

Anything else you’d like to add?I have played a few notable concerts while at PLU: I was the organist for the Centennial Organ Concert at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Yakima, I have been a featured soloist with the Federal Way Symphony, and have been featured three times in the Young Organists Festival at St. James Cathedral in Seattle.

Taylor Cox

Major: BFA in graphic design

Where are you headed: I am staying in Tacoma as a press operator and graphic designer at The Arts & Crafts Press.

How did PLU prepare you for this? As a sophomore I was introduced to the wonderful world of letterpress printing at PLU’s Elliott Press. Both Jessica Spring and Mare Blocker have been both mentor and friend, pushing my designs and printing skills.

What is your dream career? Eventually I want to own my own press and possibly teach letterpress teaching to a younger generation. Letterpress printing is a process kept alive by the people who love it and I want to share that love with others.

What organizations/ensembles or clubs were you part of at PLU? I was a part of MediaLab for three years as well as the Elliott Press assistant.

Any special accomplishments while at PLU? I received two international Mercury Design Awards for my branding of MediaLab documentaries, “Waste Not” and “Tapped Out”.

Mitchell Helton

boys-next-door-448-10-23-14Major: BFA in Theatre with an emphasis in Acting and Directing

Where are you headed? Next year I will be serving in Jerusalem and the West Bank through the Evangelical Lutheran Church (hopefully) serving as an English assistant in a school.

How did PLU prepare you for this? My junior year, I got the opportunity to go to Namibia and student teach and fell in love with teaching. Through this experience, I came to realize that I am most happy when serving others and meeting people wherever they are in life and helping them become the best they can be.

What organizations or clubs were you part of while at PLU? I am the president for Alpha Psi Omega, the theatre honor society on campus and was president for Vpstart Crow my Junior year. I am also a proud member of the Clay Crows!

Any special accomplishments while at PLU? My greatest accomplishment at PLU would probably be directing Charlotte’s Web as my capstone. It was so amazing to be able to offer an outreach theatre event to local elementary schools in the Parkland area.

What is your dream career? My dream job would be working on SNL however, I would more realistically like to become a theatre professor.