Meet Alexandra, a student from Danville, California, now attending Diablo Valley College. Alexandra loves the teachers at her school and their passion for their students. To her, the huge Pleasant Hill campus feels like a town, and she enjoys the variety of food in the commons and the affordable supplies at the bookstore. What are you majoring in and why did you choose that subject? I'm majoring in Illustration, with an emphasis in Character Conceptual Art, and minoring in Psychology. I've been drawing since I was young. I was inspired by Disney movies, which grew into a love for animated films and video games. The characters in those movies fascinate me and I would love to design them one day! What is your favorite activity outside of school? I enjoy digital sketching and painting with my tablet. Sometimes I connect with my friends from out of state and we draw collaboratively. It's a big, big world out there! After graduation where do you see yourself heading? After graduation I would like to get my A.A. in Art at Diablo Valley College and then transfer to California College of the Arts for a B.A. in Illustration. After that, my goal is to work freelance for art departments in the San Francisco Bay Area. How do you use technology to your advantage when you study and what are some of your favorite apps? I use my mobile device on and off all day long so I can enjoy constant connections to people and the world. Some of my favorite apps are StudyBlue, Duolingo, MindSnacks (French), Tumblr, Khan Academy and Facebook. Using these mobile tools makes it easy to study between classes or when I'm away from my computer. A computer offers a bigger screen which is easier on my eyes, and I don't have to worry about draining the battery. But a phone is better for studying on the go. How do you use StudyBlue in your daily routine? I like to study flashcards between classes. StudyBlue also helps pass the time when I'm stuck in the car. My favorite feature is the online flashcards—I especially like being able to share them. Also, having most of my classmates' emails in one spot is extremely helpful, so I can connect with them if I need to. Do you have any advice for others on how to study better? My advice to others is that when you're a passenger in a car, take advantage of the app. Also, use the app instead of getting a million paper flashcards, which can get overwhelming and messy. It totally depends on the individual's learning and studying style, so find out what works for you, and then either find quiet time to study or connect with others.
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