Graduate Q&A: Connor Clark

'You must keep growing as a student and need to embrace that growth'
​Jerry Poling | May 28, 2019

A Q&A with one of the 1,319 students who received a diploma May 4 at UW-Stout:

Name: Connor Clark
Hometown: Pine City, Minn.
Major: Entertainment design, concentration in digital cinema, minor in art history, minor in photography and  video
Awards, honors: Received $2,000 grant from UW Stout to produce short film

Connor ClarkWhy did you choose UW-Stout? I chose UW-Stout because it was one of the best art and design schools in the Midwest. There was a lot of press about their cinema program and their summer cinema intensive, which was a big draw as well.

What are the biggest obstacles you faced when earning your degree? Definitely trying to balance academics with passion projects. Being in film I always want to be doing something that requires a lot of time, but you must keep growing as a student and need to embrace that growth. Balancing both personal and academic growth was one of the biggest obstacles.

What stands out among your college experiences? Definitely my study abroad opportunities. Through Stout I’ve had the opportunity to go to New Zealand and Iceland, which were both one-month trips. I developed lifelong friendships with the students and professors on those trips, and I’ll never forget them.

What’s next? Getting a full-time job in the film industry, hopefully with either National Geographic or BBC.

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