Julie Nagan '09

Journalism, concentration in Advertising

I’ve always been interested in design, though I didn’t go [to St. Kate’s] for design. It was the publication design class when I realized that this is what I want to do.

hometown

Maple Grove, Minnesota

deciding on an area of study

Julie grew up in the Twin Cities, so applying to St. Kate's seemed like a natural thing to do. “It wasn’t a hard decision. I love the campus.”

Deciding on an area of study was a bit more difficult. “I’ve always been interested in design, though I didn’t go [to St. Kate’s] for design. It was the publication design class when I realized that this is what I want to do."

building experience

Julie enjoyed her experience in "The Reflective Woman" (TRW) class at St. Kate's. “I've always been interested in how I identify myself and how others identify themselves. It’s a valid thing to explore when you first enter an institution of higher learning. I thought it was worthwhile – like a jumping-off point.”

At St. Kate's, Julie had the opportunity to design the TRW book cover as part of a graphic design class. The task was to design a cover that took into mind the course content as well as the student. “I like the idea of using a silhouette – there’s no face to the person. That worked really well for TRW because the whole idea behind the class is you’re trying to find your identity. I wanted the colors to be bold, fun, fresh, reflective of what a young person’s life is when they enter college. They’re full of this new, untapped energy.”

Professors also had a huge impact on her experience at St. Kate's. “Professor Pamela Fletcher and David Weiss completely changed my life. I took "Contemporary Black Fiction" with Professor Fletcher – one of the hardest classes I’ve taken in my entire life. I took "Stages of Christian Life" from David. That’s the best class I’ve taken.”

Outside of classes, Julie was involved with the cross-country team and Clay Club. She was also the layout designer for The Wheel (student newspaper) as well as the graphic designer for the Student Center and Activities Center.

advice for students

Julie's advice for today's incoming students is to “Make sure you have fun. That’s the most important thing. Take big risks, explore the city, do things that you never thought you would. Scare yourself – it’s okay. Make sure to take a lot of time for yourself and attempt to live a balanced life at some point.”