TAGA Ambassador Q&A with Laura McGinn


The Technical Association of the Graphic Arts (TAGA) is pleased to announce the new TAGA Social Media Ambassador program! This program is a way to get students involved with TAGA by agreeing to donate their voice. They share our mission and their personal connection to our organization on all social media channels, so please be sure to follow along!

The TAGA Ambassadors come from across North America, representing Ryerson University, Clemson University, Rochester Institute of Technology, Ball State University, Western Michigan University, and Appalachian State University!

Laura McGinn from Appalachian State University enjoys the hands-on aspect of the printing and loves learning the practicality of the graphic communications industry!

What school do you attend, and what are you currently studying?

I am a student at Appalachian State University studying Graphic Arts and Imaging Technology with a concentration in cross media production. I have completed my minor in Business.

What makes your major unique? What do you like most about your choice of major?

My major is unique because it blends the hands-on side of print and packaging and graphic production with business and design. My concentration in cross media production requires coursework in web design as well as 3D modeling and animation. I really like my major because I enjoy the variety of material we get to cover, I get to work with my hands, and I gain practical skills.

What do you like about being involved with TAGA and the student chapter?

TAGA is a great way to connect with and form lasting connections with students interested in the Graphic Arts as well as industry professionals.

When you aren't studying, in class, or working, what are you doing?

I like to work on art projects, either traditional or digital.

What city are you currently living in? What do you like most about it (favorite spots)?

I live in Boone, North Carolina. It's a small town in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains. I love Boone because the scenery is gorgeous, the people are nice, and it's easy to find good food.

What would your future dream job entail?

I enjoy helping others, working with my hands, and being creative, so my dream job would include any combination of those things. I also really love packaging and books; an industry related to those would be ideal.

What do you envision yourself doing five years from now?

I would like to pair my undergraduate degree with a dual Masters in Library Science and Educational Media with a concentration in instructional technology. Perhaps I would be developing and creating the materials for software and technology workshops, restoring books, or using my knowledge of layout software to assist research faculty and graduate students in putting together their publications.

Do you have a favorite quote you live by, and if so, what is it?

"Every setback is a setup for a comeback." -Joel Osteen