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And you thought video games were just extra-curricular activities.  Well, next time your parents guilt you for spending too much time gaming, just tell them you’re preparing for college.

This fall New York University debuts a new course “Guitar Heroes (and Heroines): Music, Video Games and the Nature of Human Cognition” which aims to tackle the topic of why human beings invest so much time into playing video games, according to the New York Post.
The class, which according to its instructor will focus primarily on the effect of video games and human cognition, proved to be so popular it reportedly already has a waiting list for upcoming semesters.

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Q: “I’m artistic, so I think I want to be a graphic designer, but I’m not 100 percent sure what they even do. I don’t want to try to get into that field if I end up realizing it’s not as fun as I had hoped it would be.”

–Angelia, 16, Louisville, OH
A: If you’re artistic with a keen eye for details, then graphic design could be an exciting and fulfilling career. It’s also one of the hottest growing jobs right now, so your chances of getting hired out of college are pretty awesome. Basically a graphic designer is responsible for the visual look of a company or product. This could include designing everything from the company logo, stationery, presentation folders, film graphics, animation, flyers, product catalogs, advertisements, and Websites to magazine or newspaper layout. Graphic designers may work in a larger design or advertising firm, be an in-house consultant for a corporation, or do contract work for individual clients on a freelance basis. The job can be incredibly creative since a designer is responsible for coming up with fresh ideas for reaching an audience with eye-catching concepts. If you’re interested in a particular career but not sure you’ll actually like it once you get in the trenches, then try it out during a summer or semester-long internship. And for more information about graphic design, visit the American Institute for Graphic Arts (AIGA) website. Also, check out these schools that offer accredited graphic design programs:
Arizona State University
California Institute of the Arts
Carnegie Mellon University
Maryland Institute College of Art
Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design
Parsons The New School for Design
Pennsylvania State University
Pratt Institute
Rhode Island School of Design
San Francisco Art Institute

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This week’s student spotlight is on Veronica Bianqui, a student at UCLA and an ethnomusicology major.  Here, Veronica answers a few questions about life as a Bruin.

Jaye: So what exactly is ethnomusicology?

Veronica: Ethnomusicology is the study of music around the world through an anthropological/sociological perspective.  On the academic side we study the social context in which music is found.  We also study the music itself, such as learning to play the instruments.

J: And how did you end up choosing this major?

V: I am a singer/songwriter, and I thought the exposure to world music would influence my own compositions in a positive way.  I thought it would be a more interesting route than studying purely Western music.  I also liked the fact that I could audition for the program with any instrument in any style.  It allowed me to show my strongest point, which is writing songs.  On top of that, I’ve wanted to learn to play sitar for many years, and never thought it could happen so soon!

J: What has it been like to be a student at UCLA?

V: UCLA is a school that has grown on me.  I didn’t always love it, but I like it more and more as time goes on.  Being a student at UCLA has been a great experience, especially for transitioning to being my own person, apart from my parents.   What I love about the school is that even though there are so many students it is easy to make it feel smaller by joining clubs or just by being in the small Ethnomusicology department.  At the same time there is always someone new to meet.

J: What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re not studying?

V: I absolutely love traveling, meeting people, and writing.

J: What advice would you give to high school juniors or seniors who are starting to make decisions about where to go for college?

V: Follow your gut instinct!  I thought I was going to go to Sarah Lawrence College, but when I visited something inside did not quite click, even though I liked the school. Because of that feeling I chose UCLA, and I do believe it is where I’m meant to be. More advice I would emphasize is to follow your passion. Don’t worry about being  a cookie-cutter student (in a million clubs, all APs, etc. ) unless you actually want to do those things! Take risks, do what makes you happy, don’t be terribly occupied with the future, and you will end up where you belong.

Visit Veronica and her music on MySpace!

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Q: What’s a good college to attend if I want to major in mass communication (for broadcast journalism)?
–Karen, 18, Arlington, TX

A: There are a number of colleges and universities across the country with excellent programs for the study of broadcast journalism. The most important things to keep in mind as you narrow down your list are finding schools with an accredited broadcast journalism or mass communications department, a campus television or radio station equipped with up-to-date technology, a daily campus paper, and a track record of placing students in internships within the field of journalism. Below are a few suggestions to begin your research. For a complete list of accredited schools, visit the website for The Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC).

Arizona State University, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Ball State University, College of Communication, Information and Media

Northwestern, Medill School of Journalism
Pennsylvania State University, College of Communications
Syracuse University, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications
Texas State University—San Marcos, School of Journalism and Mass Communication
University of Florida, College of Journalism and Communications
University of Iowa, School of Journalism and Mass Communications
University of Missouri-Columbia, School of Journalism
University of North Carolina, School of Journalism and Mass Communication
University of Southern California

First published on Seventeen’s College Q&A.

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