HERRON: What does civic engagement mean to you?

ANDERSON: I think civic engagement is just about making a positive difference in whatever community you find yourself in. As a Christian, I have always believed in the importance of helping others and being a force for good. So, by learning design research and participatory design methods in my graduate studies, I feel like I've been given new effective tools for making an impact.

HERRON: What's your next step after graduation?

ANDERSON: I am still working to determine the exact direction or sector I would like to work in as a design researcher upon graduation. One of the advantages of this methodology is the ability to apply it to a wide range of problems and industries. So, while I have not made a decision on where my interests and skills would best fit, I know I want to continue working on meaningful problems, which allows me to have a positive impact in the lives of others.

HERRON: What are you currently listening to, reading, or consuming?

ANDERSON: The extended COVID-19 spring break quarantine definitely opened up my schedule for these types of activities. So, other than the obvious, like Netflix's "Tiger King," content that has gotten me through this includes podcasts (How I Built This with Guy Raz, Freakonomics Radio, The Next Big Idea, WorkLife with Adam Grant, and Hidden Brain), books (Tim Brown's "Change by Design," Charles Duhigg's "The Power of Habit," and Malcolm Gladwell's "Talking to Strangers"), and food. I'm sure "consuming" did not mean "food," but Frosted Strawberry Pop-Tarts have been my official go-to comfort food.