Janna Vanderband

Alexi Callaway 
Byron Center, Michigan

Art with a two-dimensional concentration major

Hometown: Byron Center, Michigan

Major:  Art with a two-dimensional concentration

Career goal: To become an art therapist for a nonprofit organization that fights against human trafficking or to start a nonprofit art camp for children who have been exposed to traumatic situations

Senior Honors Project: “The Self and Photography: Using Writing and Photography to Reveal and Change Self-Ideation”

Service passions: Fine arts advocacy for inclusion in schools, therapy and society, mental health advocacy, de-stigmatization of mental illness and human trafficking

Other CMU involvement: Chippewa Marching Band Color Guard, multiple mission trips and His House Christian Fellowship dance team

Value of CMU Honors Program: “This program allowed me to personalize my undergraduate experience and create an education that helped me reach my goal of becoming an art therapist.  It also introduced me to professors who genuinely care about my future.” 

How Honors will help you postgraduation: “Being a part of the Honors Program helped secure my place in a very prestigious and selective art therapy program at Mount Mary University in Wisconsin. This program only allows 30 applicants every year, and I was chosen to be one of those applicants due to my research experience and the references of my Honors professors.”