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Hello there! I'm Nora, a Digital Design student in The New School/Parsons' Individualized Studies program.  My roundabout path to a college degree has included a gap year studying Mandarin Chinese in Taiwan through the National Security Language Initiative, four semesters as a General 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 and experience in digital design as a UX/UI design student at DESIGNATION. I am currently completing my final semester of coursework at The New School while working as a freelance designer and a 3D lab and laser cutting assistant at The New School's Making Center

Within design, I'm passionate about emerging technologies, self-directed learning and 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, eating Indian food, making people laugh, and exploring the many strange corners of New York City.

You can find my resume here or check out my LinkedIn here. If you have any questions or would like to get in touch, reach out to me via email at noracbenson@gmail.com or find me on any of the web communities linked below.