Veronica McGurrin '17

Major: History

Minors: Art History, Public History, Literature and Medieval Studies

Graduate program: Dual Master's Program in Art History and Library Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

What do you do for a living?

I am a Teaching Assistant in the Visual Resource Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as well as a student in the Master's Program in Art History and Library Science at UNC Chapel Hill. 

How did your experience at Saint Michael's help prepare you for your career?

At Saint Michael's College, I was able to create an interdisciplinary education that allowed my multifaceted academic interests to flourish. With the help of my professors, I was encouraged to explore not only history and art history, but also material culture, library science, and museum studies and, in this way, I applied my academic focuses into a career. In pairing my educational experiences in the classroom with internship settings, I built a valuable resume for my graduate school applications. The small classes at St. Michael's created an opportunity for me to present on a regular basis as well as discuss contentious issues with my classmates, all skills that I heavily rely upon in my graduate work. 

What is your favorite memory from your time at St. Mike's?

My favorite course during my undergraduate experience was the thesis seminar as it truly exemplified the values of the History department. In creating my Honors thesis, I was able to work directly with my advisor in order to create a project of which I am still proud. I thoroughly enjoyed being able to discuss topics that my classmates were researching and, in turn, work with one other. For example, if I read an article that I knew would be helpful for a classmate's research, I would be sure to pass on the information. While my thesis was certainly the most academically challenging project I encountered at Saint Mike's, it was also the most fulfilling as it provided me with a unique opportunity to explore my own interests individually while still receiving the integral support of my thesis advisor. 

Do you have any advice for students at St. Mike's?

Get to know your professors! They are your biggest resources not only for your academics, but also for your life after college. They are invaluable resources for letters of recommendation, career advice, and any other issue you may face. The Saint Mike's community is unique and your relationship with your professors plays a significant role in this community dynamic. 

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