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Student Profile: Chelsea Fought (2013)


Chelsea Fought photoChelsea is an Individualized Studies major with a focus in young adult literature, and a co-major in Interactive Media Studies with a focus in commercialization. During spring semester 2012, she will participate in the pilot of the semester-long San Francisco Digital Innovation Center Program that was created by Miami's Armstrong Interactive Media Studies Center. In San Francisco, she will intern for a Bay Area company and take classes. Here's what she has to say about her work:

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Basically, my majors are giving me a background that I can take into multiple fields, and I'm really grateful for that. It gives me a bit more flexibility with what I can do with my life after college.
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"When I came to Miami, I wasn't sure what I was going to do. Even though my passions are writing and young adult literature, I wasn't sure that I wanted to major in creative writing or education. After going down a long path, I landed in Individualized Studies. It was one of the best choices I ever made.

I've created a major that I can feel passionate about. I'm able to pick classes that I want to take. Basically, I've made a major where I'm learning everything I want to learn. The classes I'm in, I want to be there, rather than just filling a requirement.

The one thing I felt I was missing was some sort of digital media piece. Ever since I was in middle school. I've been interested in coding and online media and how it's received. As our world becomes more digitalized, I think it's important to know what technology is out there, and for me specifically to know how publishing companies are using technology for marketing purposes.

I'm able to combine both these interests through the Interactive Media Studies (IMS) program. Originally, I was just going to minor in IMS, but now that I will participate in the San Francisco program [at the Digital Innovation Center] I'll complete a co-major, which means I'll get even more background in digital media in a commercialization and marketing context.

Ultimately I'd like to become a young adult author. Because of this I see my majors working together in these ways:

  • My Individualized Studies major is comprised of creative writing, and English courses, as well as psychology and family study classes that focus on adolescent development. In a sense, this major allows me to work on my craft, as well as gain knowledge about the audience I want to write for.
  • My IMS co-major gives me background on how to market to that audience. With marketing and advertising becoming more online/digitally oriented, and with authors doing a lot of their own marketing, knowing this information is extremely valuable.
  • Because these aspects of my majors weave together and feed into one another, I could also see my life going in other directions, such as becoming a literary agent, an editor/market for a publishing company, or even an English teacher.

Basically, my majors are giving me a background that I can take into multiple fields, and I'm really grateful for that. It gives me a bit more flexibility with what I can do with my life after college.

For right now, to keep myself reading and engaged in the young adult literature community, I try to keep a blog where I review YA literature. It's called Books Turn Brains, which is a quote from Louisa May Alcott: 'She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain.' When coming up with a blog name, I felt this quote, and thus the name, worked perfectly.

As for updates on San Francisco, I'll be keeping a blog (Bay Area Babble) where I'll post almost daily."

[October 2011]

 

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