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Giving

Rachel Tenuta ’17

I took Editing and Publishing in my freshman year, which is what got me interested in the publishing field. I did the Print and Digital Publishing Practicum my sophomore year working on The Light in Cuban Eyes book. I’ve worked on five books now and two have only my name on them as the designer. I think going into an interview and being able to show the books I designed is huge for someone who is only 21 years old. I think that will help me stand out from other candidates.

My publishing practicum has been very hands-on. I’m lucky to have a lot of design freedom. I’m not just watching others make design decisions. I’m making design decisions myself and learning to use publishing software. As I’ve grown as a designer, I’ve been given even more freedom.

I’ve learned important career skills working with different clients. I’ve learned to interact with people to understand what they want done on a job. That has given me a lot of career experience I wouldn’t have had otherwise.

Aside from my interest in playing soccer here and liking the campus so much, the scholarships I received are what brought me to Lake Forest. If I would’ve gone to a different school, I wouldn’t have had the experience with our publishing company and press, and I wouldn’t have the edge I now have entering the job market.