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May 4, 2020

Kelsie Lane: Designing my future

May 11, 2020

Kelsie Lane is a graduating senior majoring in arts and humanities in the Residential College of Arts and Humanities and studio art in the Department of Art, Art History and Design. She is a graphic design intern for University Communications.


I never really thought I would go to college, let alone a huge university like MSU. I was very much an introvert in high school, and I didn’t think I would thrive at the collegiate level. I liked learning, but I wasn’t very good at traditional subjects. After a long search for a perfect fit, the Residential College of Arts and Humanities here at MSU drew me in immediately. RCAH’s focus on creating a learning community and promoting a different type of learning environment was really appealing. It has never been easier to find a group of friends than in a class where you learn African music and dance, write and typeset books on an antique letterpress or spend your free time volunteering together. It’s also been a gift to thrive in an academic environment where writing a poem or making a painting is offered on the same level as writing a term paper.


Looking back at my time at MSU, I’m amazed that I was able to be involved in so many different adventures. I studied abroad in Italy, where I spent my days painting by the canals in Venice and touring the great museums and churches of Florence. I acted, directed and promoted shows for the Roial Players, a performing arts group based out of RCAH, where I met some lifelong friends. I had no less than six different jobs on campus (at one point, four at once!).


And, this past year has been the most important to me of all. Along with some of my classmates, I went to the ADDY awards and won two silver awards for some of my design work. I was able to have an incredible internship at University Communications, where I have grown immeasurably as a designer. Finally, and most importantly, I graduated with a B.A. in arts and humanities and a B.A. in studio art, concentrating in graphic design. While my immediate future is a bit uncertain since job prospects have changed due to COVID-19, I know that the experiences and friends I’ve made in these past four years have helped shape me into a person who’s ready to take  on whatever the  future brings. Once and always a Spartan, Kelsie Lane