Claire Babala

Student Info

Graduation Year:
Spring 2016
Plymouth, MI

How did you decide on RCAH?
I decided on RCAH for many reasons, but the highest being that it offered a wide variety of courses that covered my different interests. I came to college believing that I would be stuck choosing simply a major that sounded practical at the time, but didn’t really satisfy my creative interests. When I found RCAH, I realized that I could continue writing and creating in a way that was applicable to what I wanted to do.

The strong civic engagement presence also encouraged me to choose RCAH. Coming into college, I knew I wanted to have a career that was more than sitting in an office and would allow me to interact with the community. RCAH allowed me to start working towards this professional goal by introducing civic engagement into my everyday curriculum.

What are your academic interests?
My academic interests are very civic engagement based. I carry this interest outside of class with My Brother’s and Sister’s Keeper and by being a research assistant for Professor Guillermo Delgado. Through civic engagement, I also employ writing and design to further my work. I also like to take creative courses, like a studio art class in comics taught by Professor Ryan Claytor.

What are your favorite aspects of the RCAH experience?
My favorite part of RCAH is the community of people I get to be a part of. Everyone from my fellow classmates, to the office staff, to the professors are welcoming and helpful. I believe that finding such a large, likeminded and supportive community in college through RCAH has been integral to my success at Michigan State.

What are your future plans?
After graduation, I plan to work for a non-profit. Currently I am hoping to live and work in Detroit, as I have been involved with the city since high school. This involvement greatly increased when I came to RCAH and began participating in My Brother’s and Sister’s Keeper, a mentorship program working with middle school students from Detroit.

What are your hobbies and interests within and outside of RCAH?
Inside RCAH I participate in My Brother’s and Sister’s Keeper and am a RCAH Ambassador. I also work to be a part of other civic engagement projects, specifically the Prison Art Zine with Professor Guillermo Delgado. Outside of RCAH, I’m a part of the Roial Improv Players and like in the Student Housing Cooperatives.

Have you ever taken part in Study Abroad/Study Away at MSU? If so, which programs?
In the summer of 2015 I did a program called Creative People in Creative Places in London through my second major Professional Writing. There, I interned for a nonprofit called Guerilla Science doing everything from social media to working with artists and engineers to ready a demonstration for music festivals. Through my internship I went all over London working at different tech hubs. My favorite part of my internship was joining Guerilla Science at a festival called Secret Garden Party. We had a tent where we taught festivalgoers about everything from sleep patterns to reptiles to human enhancement.