designer + adventurer + minimalist

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Kirsten Nelson

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I am a designer who believes you can make things easier and more enjoyable through clear, simple design. I love to use design to solve problems and think great design can make the world a better place.

With a background in healthcare, I spent the last three years working in various clinical settings including pediatrics and cancer care. I have a BS in Economics and Pre-Med from Northeastern University and have taken numerous courses in design and computer science.

My interests include healthcare, skiing, backpacking, gardening, good food, craft cider, tangible reading materials and public radio.

Why did you leave a career in medicine for the Startup Institute?

One of my earliest failures was not following my true interests. In college, I was interested in design and computer science but was too stuck on the idea of being in medicine. I was not able to take many classes in things that I was truly interested in and did not picture having a career in anything other than medicine.

Post-graduation, I have worked in a few hospitals trying to gain patient care experience before attending graduate school. While in my current job, I realized that working with patients did not fit my personality and goals. Looking back on it, I do not see this a wasted time but rather experiences to draw on as I get back to what I love - making things.

Technical skills?

Experienced in illustrator, indesign and photoshop

Basic skills in html, css, javascript, jQuery and SQL

How do you spend your free time?

An avid skier, I spend my winters goofing off on my skis - watch this clip of me skiing at 2:19 http://vimeo.com/3716016

In the summer, I love harvesting vegetables in my garden, backpacking and riding my bike.

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Summer '15 Full-Time Program

· Jun 22 to Aug 14, 2015 ·

Round 1 Deadline:

01 April, 2015

$5,250

Round 2 Deadline:

11 May, 2015

$5,750

Round 3 Deadline:

01 June, 2015

$5,900

Summer '15 Full-Time Program

· Jun 22 to Aug 14, 2015 ·

Round 1 Deadline:

01 April, 2015

$5,250

Round 2 Deadline:

11 May, 2015

$5,750

Round 3 Deadline:

01 June, 2015

$5,900

Summer '15 Full-Time Program

· Jun 22 to Aug 14, 2015 ·

Round 1 Deadline:

01 April, 2015

$5,250

Round 2 Deadline:

11 May, 2015

$5,750

Round 3 Deadline:

01 June, 2015

$5,900

Summer '15 Full-Time Programme

· Jun 22 to Aug 14, 2015 ·

Round 1 Deadline:

01 April, 2015

€3550

Round 2 Deadline:

11 May, 2015

€3950

Round 3 Deadline:

01 June, 2015

€3950

(incl. VAT)

Summer '15 Full-Time Programme

· Jun 22 to Aug 14, 2015 ·

No seats available

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Round 2 and 3 applicants will be admitted on a rolling basis.
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