Allison Anderson

"Go-getter" is a phrase that aptly describes Allison Anderson. A woman of great energy and varied interests, Anderson has studied various subjects at RIT, including management, printing, psychology, photography, creative writing, packaging and industrial design. Next May, she'll graduate from RIT's Visual Media program.

"Visual Media encompasses the best of everything," says Anderson. "I am combining my interest in photography with concentrations in graphic design and print media, and can use my experience in industrial design, creative writing and packaging science as well."

One of the Phoenix, Ariz., native's self-proclaimed most amazing experiences was an internship as a student photographer working on Balloon Manor 2007, a 10-room, walk-through haunted house made of 100,000 balloons in Rochester, N.Y. That experience resulted in a trip to Boston as a photo journalist to photograph one of the best known balloon conventions in the world. Her work at these events is being published in Balloon Magic magazine.

At RIT, she's served on a committee for supporting new cochlear implant users, and has been a member of Photo House. She also works as a research assistant for an NTID National Science Foundation grant, a lab technician in the RIT Imaging Systems lab and a photographer for the NTID theater program. Her photography for NTID Performing Arts has been featured in several past issues of FOCUS.

As she looks ahead to life after college, she sees…toys.

"I have always wanted to work for a toy company," she says. "In the past, I thought I could design toys or create packages for them. Now, I can do their advertising or other communications work. I would really love to do anything related to toys."

If that doesn't work out, writing or teaching would be Anderson's other choices; she enjoys things that are active, creative—and fun.

"I believe everything happens for a reason, you just don't know what it is," she says.

This story appeared in the Fall/Winter 2008 issue of FOCUS Magazine.

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