Olivia Olin

Olivia Olin
Visual Effects Compositing (CGT)

What made you decide to choose your specific major?

I chose my major because it perfectly mixes my passions in art and creativity with my skills and interests in technology. As a huge Star Wars fan, learning about visual effects and all the components that are layered to create a film or tv show brings out a childlike curiosity in me.

What are a couple of your favorite things about your program of study?

I love how hands-on and creative my program of study is. Most of my classes have utilized projects and labs rather than exams. I really appreciate learning by doing. I also love that I am encouraged to integrate my passions and interests into my courses. It’s so exciting to use a cool photo I took for a project or research something that piqued my interest.

What has been one of your favorite class projects?

My favorite class project was my final project for CGT 116 (Geometric Modeling for Visualization and Communication). I was able to research anything I wanted about 3D modeling. I enjoy sewing, so I chose to research clothing simulation. I used a free trial of Marvelous Designer and modeled a dress. I liked the project so much, I went on to model a T-shirt, too.

What other activities are you involved in on campus?

I’m involved with Purdue SCUBA Club. We welcome members of all levels of experience to learn about the ocean, connect with other divers and get SCUBA certified. I’m also a member of Women in Animation at Purdue. In this club, there are lots of opportunities for networking and learning about my future career.

What do you know about your program of study now that you wish you had known when you were choosing a major?

I was initially nervous because I thought you had to be able to draw really well to be successful in computer graphics, but you can still create stunning graphics with just an eye for a design. The visual effects/animation programs are also pretty small and close-knit, so there’s always a familiar face in my classes.

What would be one piece of advice for prospective students or new Purdue students?

A piece of advice I would give to new students is to reach out to your instructors if you need help or advice. Your professors and TAs (teaching assistants) want to see you succeed. Use the resources that Purdue and the instructors offer because they are there to benefit you and prepare you.

Have questions? Email me at oolin@purdue.edu