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Clarkson Student Spotlight: May 2011

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Jonathan Taros ‘12
Digital Arts & Science, Communication & Media double-major

When Hopkinton, Massachusetts native Jon Taros came to Clarkson, he kept his favorite hobbies in mind when choosing a major. So, the avid gamer chose Digital Arts & Sciences, which has allowed him to learn about many aspects of the video game industry and has prepared him for reaching his goal of working as an animator or rigger in the future. We caught up with Jon to see what else he’s been up to at Clarkson and more. Check it out.

Q: Why did you choose Clarkson?
A: I chose Clarkson because it was a smaller school right outside the Adirondack Park and for its reputation as a great school with new and exciting programs.

Q: Who is your favorite professor?
A: My favorite Professor is Dave Beck. He’s a great, knowledgeable teacher who cares about each student. He takes the time to help you out and give you honest advice about your work. You get so much out of what you put into his classes. He makes me want to work harder to get more out of each class with him.

Q: If there was a soundtrack to your life, what songs/artists would be playing?
A: There’s a tough question, I’ve got such a wide taste in music that I’d have to say it’s probably the mash-up artist “Milkman.” Its energetic music and encompasses all the genres of music I like.

Q: What unique experiences have you had at Clarkson?
A: I recently traveled with other members of the Digital Arts and Science Department to Montreal, Quebec, Canada to visit video game development companies and get a look at the video game industry from the inside. Also, I’ve been able to participate in a Leadership Seminar designed to grow the leadership skills of students attending Clarkson.

Q: Do you have any hobbies?
A: Snowboarding, videogames, reading, movies, listening to music, just to name a few!

Q: What is your favorite spot on campus?
A: The Center for Excellence in Communication, or CEC. As a DA&S major, it’s where I spend most of my time, either in class or when working on projects and assignments.

Q: Where is your favorite place in the world?
A: There’s a place in New Mexico where I’ve been fortunate enough to go hiking on two occasions. My favorite place resides on top of a particular 12,000 foot tall mountain I have climbed twice now.  You feel so alive and on top of the world, literally, that I can’t do justice to describe how special it is.

Q: Who is your favorite “famous” person?
A: My favorite “famous” person is Bruce Campbell (currently starring in USA Network’s Burn Notice as Sam Axe). I was lucky enough to meet him, and he’s a very down to earth guy who just enjoys talking and getting to know his fans and people who come out to see him. He’s incredibly funny and good natured too!

Q: What are your plans for the summer?
A: I plan to take some summer courses, and when not in class I hope to get some hiking, biking, and swimming in. That’s also going to be balanced with a job too, so it should be a fun, busy summer!

Q: Why did you choose Digital Arts & Science and Communication & Media?
A: Being a double major allows me to combine two different areas that I love. I get to be creative and as meticulous as I want in the Digital Arts side as well as satisfying my scientific side with courses like physics, and computer programming. Communication & Media lets me explore my social side, connect with people and study how and why we communicate in certain ways. 

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