When it came to choosing universities to apply to, St. Kate's stood out to Samantha. "I toured the St. Paul campus twice, once in the fall of my junior year and again in the summer before my senior year. St. Kate’s was the only university I applied to. I heard it has a good success rate of helping students get a job after they graduate."
Samantha had been interested in history since in early age. "I watched the History Channel a lot growing up. I was set on majoring in history at the beginning of high school, but it wasn’t until my first year at St. Kate’s that I knew what I wanted to do with a history degree. I want to create exhibits for a museum."
At St. Kate's, Samantha described how "The history curriculum is definitely challenging, but in a good way. A lot of classes have subjects that are out of the ordinary, like the course I took on the oppression of the Roma/“Gypsy” population in Europe. Classes like this offer a unique perspective on history that you would not normally get in a college history curriculum."
She especially valued her experiences with the faculty, explaining that "St. Kate's history professors are wonderful. I have had at least one class with all of them. They are really helpful and informative, and I've enjoyed all my classes."
She obtained a unique opportunity through the history department. "[The department] sent an email about an internship opening, and I had one day to turn in an application and my résumé because of the submission deadline. But I did it, and I got the job."
"I worked with eight other interns at the Richfield Historical Society to create the September 2012 exhibit titled 'Teenage Richfield: Highschool, Hangouts, and Heartbreak.' We created a survey (to capture the public’s memories about their own teen years), went through many high school yearbooks for pictures and built several parts of the exhibit, including a prom arbor for the entrance."
In the future, Samantha hopes to create exhibits for a museum with her history background.
Her tip for new students is realizing the variety of career paths that they could pursue with a history degree. For example, "You can use a history major as a precursor to studying law or becoming a teacher." The possibilities are endless.