It’s been six months since the Class of 2017 processed to the Dell and received their diplomas. Here is a sampling of some of the early success our arts and humanities graduates have enjoyed!
Daisy Howard ’17
B.A. in Theatre
“I am currently a costume apprentice for Olney Theatre Center in Olney, Md. As such, I work on altering and building costumes for the shows that we produce. It is also my job to help run shows backstage as a dresser and maintain the clothes during the run of a show.
“Randolph helped to prepare me in many ways, some of which I’m still reflective on and some I’m sure I’ll realize years from now. The community at Randolph is quite literally a giant family, and the theatre department a smaller family inside of that. This is what I am perhaps most grateful for. I was given a network of advisors and peers who believed in me. Here, I also learned all the fundamental skills to even do what I am doing. I learned how to speak up for myself and for others. Also, to enjoy the little things. Whether it’s little details or symbols incorporated into garments or simply to just enjoy the freckle on your friend’s ear, take the world in.”
Rachel Carder ’17
B.A. in Art, B.A. in Dance
“I am working as the outreach coordinator & collections assistant at the Fredericksburg Area Museum. As outreach coordinator, I’m in charge of coordinating the museum volunteers and interns. Additionally, I work as the museum educator, where I schedule educational programs and teach a wide variety of age groups in the museum. As collections assistant, I process new acquisitions, prepare exhibitions, and assist in the upkeep of the collection.
“I would have to credit Randolph’s Career Development Center, the Maier Museum of Art, the museum studies classes I took, and my hectic class schedule for my preparation. In a recent conversation with my boss, she shed light on the fact that if I had not had my two years of relevant experience I would not have obtained the internship that led to my promotion. The Career Development Center was vital in my quick post-graduate success. Without their help, I would not have secured these two years of experience. They not only prepared me to write resumes, cover letters, and relax in interviews, but they prepared me to network, which is the entire reason I ended up at the Fredericksburg Area Museum.
“My internship and job at the Maier Museum of Art gave me priceless experience that I use on a daily basis. It is where I got a year’s worth of hands-on experience in a museum, as well as where I conducted my research for the VAM conference at which I presented my research. It was at this conference that I met museum professionals with whom I networked until I got my internship at the Fredericksburg Area Museum.
“Additionally, while I wasn’t a museum studies minor nor major, I took museum studies classes which have been vital to my continued success in my job. Finally, my hectic class schedule has prepared me for a hectic work schedule. While I was pursuing a liberal arts degree I was also pursuing two degrees in art history and dance, while also interning and working on the side. This prepared me for my job at the museum since it gave me three years of experience learning how to multitask, be flexible, and manage my time and stress.”
Natalie Miller ’17
B.A. in History
“My technical job title is the Maryland Society Sons of the American Revolution Research Fellow, but I usually shorten it to historic researcher. Basically, I use primary and secondary sources to research a certain group of Revolutionary War soldiers who are called the Maryland 400. I write biographies on each of the soldiers that I research, which will ideally include information like where the soldiers were from, who their family was, their full military service record, and what they did after the war. In reality, the bios vary widely depending on which records are still available today, 250 years after their creation. I also write blog posts relating to the project. The bios and blog posts are published online on the State Archives website, but will be compiled into a book after the project is complete.
“Randolph prepared me for this job in so many ways. Of course it’s crucial to have a degree in history, but because of Randolph’s liberal arts curriculum, and the emphasis on reading and writing, I was prepared with skills I didn’t know I would need for this job, but am so glad I have. In addition to research and writing, I get to express my creativity and develop ideas and professional content with my supervisor. Having a close relationship and mentorship with my Randolph professors really helped me have the confidence and experience I need to work and succeed in this type of environment.”
Morgan Wardlaw ’17
B.A. in Psychology
“I am a student at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York City. I am enrolled in the two-year evening conservatory where I take classes for four hours a night, five days a week. I study everything from movement and voice work to Shakespeare and the Adler technique. Throughout the two years I will be perfecting my craft as well as learning how to audition and work in the industry.
“Randolph taught me how to be the best “me” I could possibly be. This is especially important when pursuing a career in an industry and city where everyone is talented and shares the same dream. Randolph taught me how to stand out so that I will never be overlooked.”
Read about more graduates from the Class of 2017 at http://www.randolphcollege.edu/news/2017/05/meet-class-2017/.