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Hello there! I'm Nora, a recent Digital Design grad from The New School/Parsons' Individualized Studies program. My roundabout path through college has included a year studying Mandarin Chinese in Taiwan through the National Security Language Initiative, five semesters as a Systems Engineering/Industrial Design student at the University of Illinois, a semester traveling the world via ship as CY Tung Scholar on Semester at Sea, and four months gaining skills in full-stack design as a UX/UI design student at DESIGNATION. I am currently working as a freelance designer and bike courier as I look for my first full-time professional role. 

Within design, I'm passionate about emerging technologies, self-directed learning/maker education, and using design to improve people's lives and the world we live in.  When I'm not designing, I enjoy exploring new cultures, drinking fancy teas, napping, biking, and adventuring around the many interesting neighborhoods of Chicago. 

If you have any questions or would like to get in touch, reach out to me via email at noracbenson@gmail.com or check out my resume or LinkedIn here: