Spring 2018 Grad: Karissa L. Du Preé
Programs completed at APU: Bachelors of Arts, Liberal Studies
Project Title and What it Entails: The topic of my senior project, Sonification, considers the question, “How Do Sonification and Virtual Reality Intersect to Reflect the Useful Implications of a Human’s Perception of Sound?” This project considers how the seemingly physical environment of virtual reality is an immediately ideal testing ground for the interdisciplinary process of sonifying data – information mapped to an algorithm which is mapped to non-speech audio. As a musician, a person with a learning disability, a graduate of liberal studies, and in preparation for a doctorate in physical therapy, this project allowed me to research a concept that has applications in areas of sincere interest to me: developing recognized Sonification principles; improving accommodations for a variety of disabilities, providing increased learning simulations; and enhancing neurological rehabilitation.
Hometown: Anchorage, Alaska
Favorite classes at APU: The professors at APU were a driving factor, beyond self-determination, for my devotion to coursework. As a student transferring from a music background to a school of sciences, the transition presented challenges that the professors made achievable. Classes such as Biology and Advanced Philosophy of Science taught me how to think critically, and carry these skills into my future education.
What is your favorite APU memory?
My favorite memory from APU was during the 2nd Annual Leah J. Peterson Speaker Series, People-Powered Progress: “What Can We Do with What We Have?” As APU’s Student President, I gave a great amount of energy for this event to come together in a meaningful way for students. On the last night of the series, we featured a set of dynamic musicians, weaving in comedy and stories through their songs. It was a beautiful moment to see community, laughing and taking the time to feel, reflect and be inspired. The best part was the finale, the musicians chose to cover a song that I had previously written and produced titled, “We Are the Sounds.” I joined them on stage to finish out the night, and it was a humbling experience that I became aware of what APU gave me – a community I have undoubtedly grown to care for.
What is going to be your next adventure post-APU?
I plan to obtain a Doctorate of Physical Therapy.
Any words of wisdom for students working on completing their degrees?
I would encourage students to seek out mentors who ask questions — of you, your work, and your future studies. Also mentors who are open to answering questions and offering guidance, this is a key component in succeeding in not only school but also life. It may seem like a challenge to find someone who can benefit you in this way, but it will help you better understand expectations, research, and how to be more intentional especially those headed towards higher education.