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Bethel Creatives, no. 13: Morgan Swartzentruber

Interview conducted by Ella Meyer in the The Crossings’s series on creativity and diversity within Bethel University’s student body. The heart behind this series is to explore creativity in a broader sense and to be encouraged and inspired by the creatives on our campus and the things that they are doing. 

Morgan Swartzentruber is currently a senior studying Graphic Design at Bethel. Morgan’s favorite places to spend time on campus are at SG and the Commuter Lounge, as Morgan is part of the community of commuters at Bethel. Morgan also loves drawing, sleeping, playing video games, playing piano, and knitting. Although she is creatively well-rounded, this interview focuses on her talent for drawing and graphic design.  



How would you define creativity? 

For me, I guess it’s just like having ideas about a certain thing and then getting them out or down, whether you sketch it out first or go for it and make a plan and then execute your plan. Creativity is not only having good ideas, but being able to use them as well.  


Do you prefer drawing by hand or digitally? 

I like drawing by hand and doing digital art, but I’d say I prefer mostly traditional art.  


How old were you when you discovered your love of art? 

I learned I liked to draw probably around nine or ten years old. My older sister had started to draw and was really getting into it, and so I asked her to teach me how to draw. It became something we could do together, and we kept drawing together for years. We’re art buddies. 


Is there anything specific you like to draw? 

I like to draw mostly faces and people. I did a whole speech about it in my speech class. I really like figuring out the anatomy and getting it right. I like how even though we all have the same basic facial structure, like two eyes and one nose, we are all greatly different and unique.  


Is there a way you specifically explore your creativity on campus? 

I did an internship at the library last semester. They had me create a new logo for them and work on the Instagram page and some other different odds and ends.  


Do you have any words of wisdom for our readers? 

I would say, try to be creative even if you don’t feel like it comes naturally to you. Even if you don’t think you are naturally talented at something, you can keep trying and practicing and getting better. Just don’t give up on your creativity.  

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