Katherine Bankson

As a high school student, Kate hated the question "what do you want to be when you grow up?" The choices seemed to be limited to "Arts, Humanities, or Science: Pick One." Not satisfied with this and seeking something in the middle that touched on everything, she chose to attend Carnegie Mellon and pick "all of the above." She'd always had the idea of someday working in the entertainment industry but forgot this dream somewhere between the pre-requisite classes, papers, tests and general stress of undergraduate life.

She rediscovered this interest when she took the Building Virtual Worlds class her junior year; something she'd planned on taking since before she was a freshman. She knew then she wanted to apply to the ETC and worked toward that goal. She sees joining the ETC as getting back on track with what she wanted to do when she first came to college; combine technology and entertainment. Having always been stuck in the middle between the right brain and the left, she loves how the program strives to embrace both sides. While she still doesn't know what she wants to be when she grows up, she's found a program that's stuck in the middle as well, and looks forward to the next two years here.

Educational History

B.S. Cognitive Science, 2004 Carnegie Mellon