Department Student Advisor

Meet Ana Garcia


Hometown: Kalamazoo, MI
Major: Studio Art
Minor: Mathmatics
Concentration: Film & Media Studies
Study Abroad: London, England
Best Adjective to Describe You: Optimistic

Ana Garcia photograph

DSAs are nominated by departments or programs. Ana knows firsthand what it’s like to be in the Film & Media Studies concentration. She is available via e-mail and at special campus events to answer your questions. DSAs do not replace academic advisors or faculty, but serve as an additional resource at K.

What Ana Loves about Film and Media Studies and More

In 20 words or less, what is the best thing about being part of this department?
There are all sorts of different people within the department with all sorts of interests. It’s nice to see that you share a common interest with these people.

What is your biggest piece of advice to first years and sophomores about getting connected to this department?
Try classes within the department that are outside of your comfort zone! Those are the classes that will stick with you the most and maybe you’ll like them enough to want to pursue a path pertaining to film and media studies.

What is the most valuable thing you’ve learned at K?
Again, stepping out of my comfort zone. Doing so has been nothing short of rewarding.

What has been your favorite class at K?
Either my Lighting Design class with Lanny Potts or Intermediate Sculpture with Sarah Lindley. Both classes were extremely hands on and required a lot of time outside of class. I felt they were challenging and incredibly rewarding at the end of the term.

How have you taken advantage of the open curriculum or experienced breadth in your education?
I try to take classes that satisfy the multiple little interests that I have outside of my major/minor. If I want to know more about a topic, I try to make room in my schedule to take the class without hesitation.

What experiential education opportunities have you participated in?
This past year I worked on K’s literary arts magazine “The Cauldron” and will be continuing my work on it next year.

What is your SIP?
I’m pursuing a SIP in Mixed Media with the Art Department.

What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?
I’d love to get involved with an urban design company before I go back to school for a Masters in Urban Design.

Generally speaking, what is your favorite thing about K?
K has such a positive atmosphere.

What is a random fun fact about you?
When I was eight I went to a haunted house, got scared, and punched a clown.