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Conversations with Hannah Clotz

Today we’d like to introduce you to Hannah Clotz. 

Hi Hannah, so excited to have you on the platform. So, before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I started at Kent State University in the latter half of 2019 after graduating from high school. I had my heart set on going into Visual Communication Design, which is KSU’s version of graphic design just beefed up. I have loved art and design my whole life, and I was excited to make it into my future career. But college was a struggle for me from the beginning. I struggled to live up to my professor’s expectations while struggling to keep up with the rest of my classmates. For this particular class, I needed at least a B- to move forward in the program, but I only ended up with a C+ at the end of the semester. I was devastated when I saw that grade come in. But I used that as fuel. I retook the class the next semester and got myself on top of my coursework, and ended up passing with an A. I continued to completely dedicate myself to my work and studies. Then the pandemic hit. I found myself in a rut and alone in my dorm room a lot. I needed to find something to get myself out there again. That’s when I found Kent State Student Media. I applied to every magazine and first heard back from Fusion. Fusion was established in 2003 is Kent State’s LGBTQ+ magazine. I accepted the job as a designer and illustrator for the Spring 2021 semester. I fell absolutely in love with the work I did there and continued to work with them. I was appointed to the position of Art Director in the Fall 2021 semester, and I will continue working with this amazing staff through my senior year of college. I’m very thankful and proud to be where I am today and to have gotten this amazing opportunity. 

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
The road has definitely not been smooth. I felt like an utter failure after not getting that B- and I felt stuck during the 2021-2022 academic year. It was hard to keep pushing myself forward when everything seemed too hopeless. But I always have my friends and family to keep me going. 

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
As I mentioned before, I’m studying Visual Communication Design, and I’m 3 years deep into the program. I have tried nearly everything, including typography, illustration, packaging design, layout design, and practically everything in between. My work with Fusion incorporates all of those aspects in a way. I hope to dive more into typography and layout design more and strengthen those skills. I am most proud of my position with Fusion. The magazine has gotten me lifelong friends and valuable work for my portfolio. I’m so proud to work with such an amazing team and uplift the voices of those in the LGBTQ+ community. 

Any big plans?
I am set to graduate from Kent State in May of 2023, so I’m looking forward to job searching and finding all those new opportunities out there. I’m sad to be leaving college behind so soon, but I’m very excited to be diving into my career soon and get into doing the work I’ve loved doing since I was young. 

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