Look no further than Janie Fulling for a Cardinal who’s made the most of every opportunity at Ball State. She wants to make a career of bridging cultural gaps through her creations, from documentaries to community activism videos.
Through the Medallion Scholars program, the senior took the initiative to create her own major: digital storytelling and cultural narratives. Her self-devised curriculum, approved by the dean of the Honors College, has been the foundation of her college experience. She has traveled to Italy with her Honors College classmates as a freshman, participated in multiple immersive learning projects, joined the Digital Corps, and is studying abroad this fall.
As a sophomore, the Brownsburg native was part of a team that developed an app for the David Owsley Museum of Art at Ball State. The Infinite Museum provides prompts—some of them lighthearted—to help museum goers appreciate the vast collection without a degree in art history. That project spurred her interest in the Digital Corps, an on-campus media agency that makes videos, apps, and more for campus clients.
I love not having to wait until graduation to start working in my field. The skills I’ve learned in and out of the classroom continue opening doors to even more opportunity. Thanks to Ball State’s amazing faculty, I have been able to tell the stories of people from Muncie to Rio and beyond.
Nearing the end of her studies, Janie traveled to Rio as part of BSU at the Games’ Olympic coverage in August, and she is studying abroad in Morocco for the fall 2016 semester. She plans to graduate in May 2017 and continue to work toward her dream.
Class of 2017
Hometown: Brownsburg, Indiana
Major: Digital Storytelling and Cultural Narratives
Activities: Digital Corps, Peer Advocate Leaders, BSU at the Games (2016), Study Abroad in Morocco fall 2016