Carly graduated with honors from Northwestern University in 2011 with a degree in Radio/TV/Film concentrating in screenwriting, a minor in political science, and a certificate in Musical Theatre. Carly was inducted into the Golden Key International Honors Society (top 15% of class), and was one of 30 seniors invited into the Mortar Board Honors Society.
As a Radio/TV/Film Major, Carly studied screenwriting, media theory, and lighting and cinematography. She trained with professional screenwriters and NU’s screenwriting MFA candidates. She wrote, produced, directed, edited, and acted in several student short films.
In addition to her film training, Carly was accepted into NU’s acting training program. She studied acting and scene study in The Greeks, Shakespeare, Chekhov, Meisner Technique, and contemporary playwrights over three years.
Carly was cast in leading roles in both Main Stage and Student Theatre productions. She also was one of 10 seniors chosen to perform in the exclusive Northwestern Musical Theatre Showcase in NYC.
Carly served on the Executive Board of Vertigo Productions – a student theatre group dedicated to producing student-written plays – for two years as Fundraising Director + Special Events Chair.
Carly also was nominated for the Waa-Mu Executive Board, as Choreography Chair. Carly co-choreographed The Waa-Mu show in 2011.
Carly received a grant to study Islam and Ancient Byzantine History in Istanbul, Turkey.
Carly also worked part-time at the Buffett Center to support her studies.
The Buffett Center facilitates collaborative interdisciplinary scholarship on crucial problems facing the world. BCICS activities promote dialogue on international affairs enriching the educational program at Northwestern University and beyond. Working with a variety of organizations and communities BCICS contributes to preparing global citizens.
During her time working for the Buffett Center, Carly publicized campus events, in addition to researching and developing the Northwestern Global Opportunities website.
Working for the Buffett Center influenced Carly’s career decisions post-graduation. Inspired by her experiences studying in Turkey, and by the lectures of scholars in international studies at The Buffett Center, she dedicated two years to working for an international NGO dedicated to fighting human trafficking.