Meet Erin Moran ’20, illustrator
“I brainstormed how COVID has impacted my life and the lives of other students. Technology has been a huge part of everyone’s lives and although we are all distant, the technology brings us together.”
What is your typical process for brainstorming a graphic design? Do you usually start by sketching a design before converting it to graphics? Do you start on the computer?
“I skip right to the computer to sketch my designs. I think about what I want to do and just go for it.”
Do your plans after graduating from St. Mary’s involve a career in graphic design?
“Yes! I will be a professional graphic designer; it’s what I want to be and I’m going to work hard to achieve that goal.”
What advice would you give to anyone interested in pursuing a career in graphic design?
“The best advice I can give someone is to never give up and to really pay attention to typography. Typography is everything.”
River Stewards (Extra)
Going to SMCM changed my career path from the start because I thought I wanted to be a vet! But that quickly changed once I started taking classes, with “Ecology of Coastal Systems” pointing me in the right direction. Studying submerged aquatic vegetation for my St. Mary’s Project provided me with a better understanding of how humans interact with and impact the environment, which led me to decide that I wanted to work in a field where I could lessen these (negative) impacts. My SMP research lead to an internship at the Chesapeake Research Consortium, where I was exposed not only to research, but also meetings where I saw how scientists come together to work with policy makers to work to protect the environment…. I went on to pursue an MS in environmental studies because I wanted more background in environmental policy since that plays a big role in our impacts to the environment. I was more than prepared for graduate school given the work I did for my SMP!
Seahawks for Social Change (Extra)
Howie Grube ’04 credits his college job as a resident assistant to awakening his interest in volunteerism and community service, but he got away from volunteering when he started working full time and raising four children with wife Catherine Teater Grube ’06. Today, Howie Grube works at Historic St. Mary’s City as its director of development. “I feel like I’m having an impact in the single physical location [St. Mary’s City] that has given me the most in my own life,” he says. Howie and Catherine own St. Inie’s Coffee in Lexington Park, Maryland, but Howie gives all credit to Catherine for running the business and developing its strong community core. The business’ slogan of “Coffee. Community. Conversation.” is her doing. Through St. Inie’s, Catherine Grube partners with several community organizations on free family events that support the residents of Lexington Park, including the popular “Friday Night in the Park” summer series.
PRESTIGE + ACCESS
Students do self-designed projects in almost every biology class they take here. They also go with me to Yosemite in the summer and do research there. We’re very student-centered and research-focused. I wish I had known about this college when I was an undergrad!
LEAD with an EDGE
An internship gives you a taste of what you’re going to do in the future and if you’re like me and you need a little bit of time to realize what you want to do, it helps narrow down the field.
UNCOMMONLY WORTH IT
It’s a small school, but in being a small school, you stand out and people know who you are. Your teachers know who you are. You’re not just another name on the list.
BE HERE. BE PROUD. BE YOUR BEST.
St. Mary’s College has a good professor to student ratio. It has good opportunities to do research. And I can also continue swimming., To me, that sounded a lot better than going to school with tons of other students.
TAILORED FOR YOU
I like the small class sizes. I like having a relationship with my teachers. If I go to them for help, they already know what my problems are.