As a game art and animation student, Dan Cherkassky ’14 is constantly exploring the science of motion. In his classes, he studies interactive graphics development, taking his visuals to the next level in crafting the look, feel, movement, and production of digital artwork.

Summer innovation program

Last summer, Cherkassky was an intern for the Massachusetts Digital Games Institute’s (Mass DiGI) Summer Innovation Program for game developers looking to break into the industry. During this time, he had the chance to create video game prototypes alongside industry leaders, mentors, and fellow interns. This real-life experience of working in a production studio has connected Cherkassky with digital games professionals.

Specializing in the classroom

Gearing up for senior year, Cherkassky is ready to showcase his technical talents through specializing in character modeling. He finds that his small classes allow him to collaborate with faculty in ways that would be impossible at larger universities. During one of his projects at Mount Ida, Cherkassky remembers conceptualizing a robot model where he experimented with new skills that had never been applied in his artwork before.

“The School of Design’s game art and animation program is the right fit for me because of the personalized attention and focused curriculum,” said Cherkassky. “Students here are learning what it takes to become artists since their studies combine traditional design with an in-depth training on 2D and 3D graphics.”

Learn more about game art and animation

If you are interested in finding out more about the Game Art and Animation program, please contact Eric Hunn, Program Director, at

Lauren Metzler ’14 began junior year eager to experience her biology major. She never thought, however, that her internship would end up being located just miles from campus in Mount Ida’s hometown in the City of Newton. During the fall 2012, Metzler spent her semester interning at the Newton Public Health and Human Services Department.

Career services opens possibilities

“From Career Services weekly job listings, I first learned of this internship opportunity,” recalls Metzler. “I chose the position because it related to biology in a not-so-average way. For instance, I worked in both health and environmental science, learning about everything from assisting nurses in clinics to inspecting potential hydrogen (pH) levels of water for the effects on the human body.”

Getting to know Newton

Metzler’s favorite part of the internship was traveling to local flu clinics and meeting the people of Newton, such as students at Newton South High School. In gaining biology skills, Metzler believes this experience has opened her eyes to a variety of career paths. As a result of her career-focused education, Metzler knows what direction she wants to go in post-graduation.

“I am interested in either biology research or medical studies,” she said. “At this point in time, I know that I am absolutely going to pursue graduate school to further my biology education. I am very excited to see what the future holds and the doors that will open because of this internship.”

Learn about biology at Mount Ida

Mount Ida’s biology major allows students to obtain a science degree supported by professional courses in a range of interdisciplinary fields, including veterinary technology and forensic science. If you are interested in learning more, please contact [name], Program Director, at [email].

No matter what the age, people can be hit with the realization of their dream job at any time. For Shawn Tule ’14, he was literally hit with a line drive at the age of 13. This life-altering moment has shaped Tule’s career goals, leading him to become one of three males among 43 dental hygiene students at Mount Ida.

The game changer

On a beautiful spring day, Tule was playing baseball with his teammates when he got slammed with a line drive in his mouth. Writhing in pain, Tule learned that his four front teeth were knocked out and his jaw had broken in half. And – just when Tule thought that his situation could not get any worse – he found out that his jaw had to be wired shut for a whole summer.

Developing a passion

During the years following Tule’s accident, he became a frequent visitor at his dentists’ offices for his braces and veneers. Both Tule’s oral surgeon and orthodontist quickly became his mentors and inspired him to choose dental hygiene as a major. Tule now interns for his former orthodontist, Dr. John Walker of Walker Orthodontics during his college breaks.

Transferring to Mount Ida

“When I visited Mount Ida College on an admissions tour, I immediately fell in love with the beautiful campus and state-of-the-art dental clinic,” he said. “Ever since then, I have been guided by my amazing dental hygiene professors who are very open and willing to answer questions.”

Smiling to success

In regards to his academics, Tule is gearing up to enter into the Dental Hygiene Degree Completion program at Mount Ida. Our individualized Degree Completion Program allows our students to create their own path in dental hygiene, such as advancing their education with a Master Degree. In Tule’s case, he is ready to help patients begin smiling with confidence just as he did.