What discoveries could you make at Miami?

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Be inspired by the experiences of our College of Creative Arts students:


Lynn Orfahli

Lynn Orfahli

Class of 2015
Majors: Music Performance, Premedical Studies

Lynn chose Miami because she wouldn’t have to choose between two passions: music and medical studies. Many universities don’t allow students to have majors in separate academic areas. Miami does. We understand that pursuing your interests is beneficial on many levels.

"Nowhere else could I do organic chemistry research and perform on the piano. The science professors are flexible and understanding. They’re super-excited that I’m in both premedical studies and music performance. A lot of those professors came to my junior piano recital. They know that medical schools like students to have a diversity of interests."


Kyle Fullenkamp

Kyle Fullenkamp

Class of 2016
Major: Architecture

Kyle’s experiences helped him learn first-hand about social justice and the economic conflicts in urban areas. He lived with other architecture students in a tiny apartment in Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine, helping renovate a neighborhood grocery store and hosting weekly dinners with long-time residents. The program is run by Miami’s Center for Community Engagement, which coaches students in any major to advocate for long-term residents as urban renewal sweeps through cities.

"Living in Over-the-Rhine made me realize a mixed-income neighborhood is not realistic if housing prices are left to the free market. But for all the problems the neighborhood faces, I found the individuals, groups, and organizations there are strong and resilient, no matter how hard the fight."


Ashley Niemann

Ashley Niemann

Class of 2016
Majors: Interactive Media Studies, Marketing

The heart of global innovation is in the Bay Area, 2,363 miles from Oxford, Ohio. So Miami's San Francisco Digital Innovation Center places students there in a semester-long whirlwind of internships, classes, and connections with the cutting-edge companies and the Miami graduates who work there. Ashley thrived in the experience.

"Miami taught me to be a self-starter, to be motivated, and to ask questions. This experience in San Francisco has helped me realize that I have a lot of interests. I’ve learned so much. In our sales and marketing meetings, I’m learning strategy, how to create a marketing campaign. There are so many creative people, it makes you want to dig into something."