Catching Up with MCWT Scholarship Winner Chloe Jennings
2013 Scholarship Winner
“Looking back on my freshman year of college, I am blown away by how far I’ve come in narrowing down what I want to do with my life.” Chloe Jennings, a 2013 MCWT scholarship winner and now junior at Michigan State University, recently talked to MCWT about the exciting opportunities she’s had while exploring technology. In particular, it’s web design that continues to draw her into the IT field.
Chloe keeps busy at school and is even applying her web design prowess beyond the classroom.
“I currently have two jobs,” she said. “My first job is being the graphics/web designer for the College of Engineering. I create posters and signage for major events held by The Center, which is the career center for engineering students. I also have the task of redesigning The Center’s website. My second job is with The State News, where I design websites for third parties through The State News web company, SN Works.”
Chloe also helped plan MSU College of Engineering’s new “Detroit Semester” last summer by managing social media, designing signage and creating an informational map.
“I really enjoyed the Detroit semester. My hometown is about 30 min from Detroit, but I never really went there or got to experience Detroit, so helping plan The Detroit Semester was eye-opening. The goal was to socialize the MSU engineering students interning in the area, and to show them that Detroit is a wonderful place to work and live.”
Chloe offered advice for the next generation of students seeking to find their niche.
“It’s okay to have a very broad interest,” she said. “As you get older you are going to be invited to so many opportunities that are going to shape you into what you want to become; you just have to put yourself out there.”
In high school, Chloe’s favorite class was art; that is, until she took a web design class that taught her how to make art for the computer. From there she entered MCWT’s web design competition, learning new skills and earning 2nd place. She then went to Michigan State University where she took more web design and graphics courses.
“Nothing seemed to be meshing together yet until my junior year when I designed my first interactive web page using Adobe Edge Animate,” she said. “I then got a job at The State News designing the layouts and mock-ups. My favorite thing about designing a website is finding the best way to have the user interact with the web page.”
Chloe has completed a paid summer internship every summer since high school, first working at Blue Cross Blue Shield, then at Lochbridge.
In another year, you’ll likely find Chloe with a degree from MSU, working for a graphic design/web design company in the Lansing area. We’re proud of what she’s accomplished and look forward to following her journey.
MCWT is profiling several of our scholarship winners to share how these bright women have embraced technology throughout their academic and professional lives.