Pandemic Profs: Keeping My Skills Sharp

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Welcome to our series to give you a glimpse into Rowan University, our campus culture, and the lives of our students, while practicing social distancing to protect society from the spread of COVID-19. Today’s story is from Mark Baugh, a senior radio/TV/film major isolating from his off-campus house in Gloucester County, NJ. Mark has a specific interest in graphics and production. 

Being a Radio, TV, Film student I heard a lot of different worries through the halls the week leading up to spring break. “How will we be able to use the equipment?” “Will we just not learn how to use anything?”  Instead of doing nothing while seemingly locked in my house, I am taking this time to spread my wings a bit and open up my creative skills to other elements of art and creation through creative projects. 

My girlfriend Julia Lewis, a junior marketing major from Washington Township, NJ was looking for a way to make money on the side while she was taking a full slate of classes. One of her hobbies is “thrifting” where she buys trendy clothing from thrift stores and makes slight changes to them. She took this hobby and made it into a business by selling these clothes on social media platforms such as Instagram (@juliascloset). 

Orange, gray and white logo for Julia's closet, featuring a palm tree against a brick background. I thought helping Julia would be a nice project for me to keep my skills sharp even while classes are online. After talking to Julia she said that she wanted a new logo for her page and graphics for when she is running a giveaway or when new clothes are going to be posted. Being a big fan of the beach and spending most of her time down the shore that was the theme that she was going for. We were able to sit down and pick out a color scheme and typography that she believed fit her the best. It was a win-win for both of us. She got some new content for her page and I had the opportunity to try new things that I have never tried before on some of my projects. 

Orange, gray and white sales logo for Julia's closet, featuring a palm tree against a brick background, saying New clothes TONIGHT.

I think that this is something that everyone should try to take advantage of, whether creative or not. Try to find yourself a project along the lines of your major or try something that you have never tried before. It is a good way to keep your brain active during this time where everything seems repetitive and boring. You never know you might find yourself a new hobby or a skill where you can excel.

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Story and Designs by: Mark Baugh, Radio, TV, Film (RTF) major

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