Rachael Krall

Rachael Krall ’13 stays in focus

KrallArt has been an important part of Rachel Krall’s '13 life since she was very young, despite the fact that she’d never had a formal art class before enrolling at Alvernia.

Krall, who majored in English with minors in art and digital media, quickly made up for her prior lack of art education. During her first three years as an Alvernia student she’s completed seven art courses, and did not slow down.

Krall is particularly drawn to digital photography, but also enjoys graphic design and drawing. Her work was even featured recently in a student art exhibit in the Miller Gallery.

“Of all art mediums, photography comes the closest to conveying an exact representation of reality, and yet it’s still possible to transform that reality into a personal expression,” Krall said. The ability to express herself through art is what she enjoys the most.

“Art allows me an outlet to represent the world as I see it,” she said.

A homeschooled student before enrolling at Alvernia, Krall received encouragement from her family. She said the chance to interact with her instructors has provided opportunities for her to greatly improve her work.

“The art classes here have enabled me to receive feedback on my work,” Krall said. “That’s important, because critique is absolutely necessary in order to improve, and it was emphasized in the classes here.”

With plans to pursue a career in the publishing industry, Krall is for now embracing her time at Alvernia, particularly the art classes. Those classes challenge her, she said, and she has become better able to focus and immerse herself in her artwork.

“When I’m working on a time-consuming project, I love the way that time becomes irrelevant,” she said. “I can escape to a peaceful state of mind because my whole focus in on my work.”

Krall looks forward to taking additional art classes during her senior year that will enable her to continue learning and creating. It is in creating and sharing her work, Krall said, that she finds joy.

“Instead of simply consuming others’ productivity, creating art enables me to give back,” she said. “I can take ownership of the work I create, but at the same time I don’t want to keep my art to myself; I want to share it with the world.”

When not busy pursuing her creative passions, Krall can be found giving back in other more traditional ways— helping with the children’s ministry at her church, and volunteering at the Mifflin Community Library.

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A National Leadership Council for Liberal Education and America's Promise study found that participating employers and recent college graduates agreed on the necessity of out of the classroom experiences. The study emphasizes the importance of providing students with important knowledge and skills but also experience putting that knowledge and skills to practical use in "real-world" settings.

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Seventy-six percent of participating employers put "teamwork skills and the ability to collaborate with others in diverse group settings" at the top of their list of desired capabilities in new employees, according to a National Leadership Council for Liberal Education and America's Promise study. These are among the skills fostered by real-world learning experiences.

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Service learning is a method of providing personal and academic development through work with established nonprofit organizations in the community. It is an avenue to introduce students to a professional environment without the extensive commitments of an internship.

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Service learning provides ideal real world learning opportunities. According to SmartBlog on Leadership, doing volunteer and service work for a non-profit organization that is connected to your major or academic program of study helps develop leadership skills, expands your perspective of the world, allows you to discover new skills in a safe environment, and develops a larger network of real world contacts to draw upon once you graduate.

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Service learning can take you outside of your comfort zone, giving you an opportunity to work with new challenges, people, politics and interpersonal dynamics. It also offers new perspective on priorities. Hanging out with people who have had different life experiences encourages you to tackle challenges from different angles. Julie Zolfo, founder of Make Success Matter said that she volunteered for six weeks at the schools in New Delhi, India.

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"Alvernia's Career Development Center works with students to find avenues for employment, internships, co-ops, career exploration, resume development, and graduate school options. Center staff help students assess their options and identify their own "brand" to complement their life after Alvernia.

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A recent career fair at Alvernia attracted more than 55 employers who were seeking to hire employees, co-ops and interns for their organizations. Career fairs like this one are fertile ground for students seeking real world learning opportunities and to reap the benefits of such as employers look to to hire staff members who have honed their skills and abilities via practical experiences in real situations.

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Since its inception, Alvernia has offered real world opportunities with an emphasis on service and careers that help those in need. Field experiences in areas like criminal justice, social work, nursing, occupational therapy, health care science and teacher training among others provide our students with rich learning opportunities to test drive what it's like to work in that profession.

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In a recent American Association of Colleges and Universities survey of 302 employers, 79 percent said institutions of higher learning should emphasize helping students apply what they learn in real-world settings, and 66 percent said that completing an internship or community field project would help prepare students for success.