A special thank you to everyone who helped make this thesis show possible:
Thank you to my family: my parents, Chris and Jodi O’Neal, for their love and support. To Kara O’Neal and all of her big-sister guidance in my life. To my Aunt Robin and her wonderful love.
Thank you to my graduate committee members: Professor Nicole Duet, Professor Whitney Causey, and Dr. Bryan Zygmont for all of your guidance and support. I will always be grateful for your wisdom and kindness.
Thank you to my friends who helped me create this project: To Lynn Hardy because without his mad-genius mind the Noor app would still be a tangle of non-functioning code. To Tara Massey and helping me with animal anatomy in the early stages of character development. To Stephanie Rusinko for reading and editing Noor’s first draft. To everyone who played late night Among Us games and allowed me to have some fun amongst all of the stress and hard work.
To my colleagues: Kaitlin Maloy, Paul Trichel, Morgan McCullin, and Pankita Patel for all of your help and support during this creation’s journey. You helped me finish this project strong.
And to everyone else who has helped guide me or touched my life during the duration of this graduate journey.