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Forging Ahead

February 13, 2017

The fifth year of Forge is well underway with a fresh set of some of the area’s brightest students in communications. Our Forgers are eager to jump start their future careers and put their classroom skills to the test. Let’s get to know these 10 up-and-coming creative professionals!

Oliver Alonzo

Creighton University, Computer Science & Informatics
(Minors in Graphic Design and Musical Theatre)

  • What inspired you to apply to Forge? I’m in the process of exploring what my career path is going to look like, so opportunities like Forge couldn’t be better!
  • Interests/secret talents? I basically play music, make pictures and code!
  • What’s something on your bucket list? Jumping from the Stratosphere’s Sky Jump in Las Vegas

 

Kristina Beiermann

University of Nebraska Omaha, Studio Art – Graphic Design

  • What inspired you to apply to Forge? I wanted a better idea of how the professional environment works.
  • Interests/secret talents? I’m really into podcasts of all kinds, dogs, football and obsessively organizing.
  • What’s something on your bucket list? See Amsterdam!

 

Connor Brandt

University of Nebraska Omaha, Graphic Design

  • What inspired you to apply to Forge? It sounded like an awesome experience, and I want to take any opportunity to learn/grow in the creative field.
  • Interests/secret talents? Writing/playing music, sports (mainly basketball)
  • What’s something on your bucket list? Tour the country playing music and be on national TV

 

Sydney Davidson

Creighton University, Journalism – Public Relations track

  • What inspired you to apply to Forge? Making a weakness (graphic design) a strength
  • Interests/secret talents? Photography (from my iPhone), crime shows, interior design
  • What’s something on your bucket list? Visit all 50 states

 

Evynne Doue

Metropolitan Community College, Web Design & Graphic Design

  • What inspired you to apply to Forge? A few of my peers and course instructors / the desire to grow my network and expand my knowledge and skills
  • Interests/secret talents? Creative writing/filmmaking/design (obviously)/community outreach/secret talents = can balance just about anything on my head and can make a cool dolphin noise
  • What’s something on your bucket list? Travel to at least 30 countries, publish a book, write a curriculum

 

Kerrigan Flynn

University of Nebraska at Omaha, Journalism & Media Communication -PR/Advertising

  • What inspired you to apply to Forge? I loved the idea of learning about different aspects of the field. I like writing so it’s cool to learn about design, social media, etc.
  • Interests/secret talents? I play guitar and ukulele. When I drink Gatorade, I can blow spit bubbles off my tongue.
  • What’s something on your bucket list? To follow my favorite bands on tour.

 

Kylie Holman

University of Nebraska at Omaha, Journalism & Media Communication -PR/Advertising

  • What inspired you to apply to Forge? I wanted to collaborate with other creatives! Plus, some Emspace people came to my PR class, and I decided I wanted their job.
  • Interests/secret talents? Reading/color guard/really good at fixing zippers
  • What’s something on your bucket list? I want to visit Machu Picchu and climb all the way to the top.

 

Holly Johnson

Southeast Community College – Lincoln, Graphic Design/Media Arts

  • What inspired you to apply to Forge? EVERYTHING! I love working together with people to make great things happen and learning all aspects.
  • Interests/secret talents? I love to code! Little strange for an extrovert…but ya! I also love playing softball, being with friends and family and traveling.
  • What’s something on your bucket list? Become a full stack developer.

 

Mackenzie Millard

University of Nebraska at Omaha, Journalism & Media Communication -PR/Advertising

  • What inspired you to apply to Forge? Experience and networking
  • Interests/secret talents? Event planning, making lists, baking, sign language, wine drinking and The Bachelor
  • What’s something on your bucket list? Go to Greece

 

Ingrid Najera

University of Nebraska at Omaha, Graphic Design

  • What inspired you to apply to Forge? When I visited Emspace with UNO’s Ad Club, Sarah mentioned the Forge program and I wanted to apply. I also really love what Emspace stands for. I love that you guys focus a lot on working with nonprofits and helping the community.
  • Interests/secret talents? Photography, diversity, dinosaurs (son)
  • What’s something on your bucket list? Zipline Vegas

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