Discuss your general career path since graduating from UT.
Immediately after graduating from UT, I completed a one month experimental theatre residency program involving a former professor of mine (an opportunity that I found through BDP itself). After that I did several freelance jobs including tutoring and graphic design, I eventually became a graphic design intern at the City of Austin. I then went to California for a year-long math teaching fellowship at Khan Academy where I was able to wear many hats.
How did your BDP experience influence your career path and interests?
I majored in two very different subjects in college – math and film. Doing the BDP program for Digital Art & Media helped me to focus my interests in a unique way. My BDP experience allowed me to dip my feet into the intersection between art and technology, a place in which I am currently paving a path.
What do you value most about your BDP experience?
By far, my independent Creative Project was the highlight of my BDP experience. I completed my first full animation under the mentorship of Ben Bays, and it is, to this day, one of my proudest college accomplishments. Not only was I able to gain recognition in the film community with this project, but I was also able to gain the confidence that I could see an entire creative vision through on my own (including learning several programs that I wasn’t comfortable in).
In what ways did an interdisciplinary education prepare you for what you are currently doing?
I’m actually continuing my interdisciplinary education currently. I am completing a coding bootcamp and my final goal is to create interactive art and delve into interactive storytelling. In my previous position at Khan Academy, I utilized many different elements of my interdisciplinary education – I helped innovate in math education, designed for several projects, filmed videos, and created resources for teachers.
Read more about Nidhi’s Creative Project, and the unexpected life it has found, in the fall 2015 issue of The Bridge.