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Department of History
Hometown: Tinley Park, IL
Plans after graduation: Seek a PhD or join a Non-Profit Organization
Favorite period in history: Cold War, Contemporary
Favorite historical figure: Che Guevara, Jimmy Carter
What do you like about being a GA: I love being around others that share the same passions as me. I thoroughly enjoy the social and intellectual connections I have made with both students and staff. Being a GA has also been crucial in my development as a scholar and an educator.
What advice would you give to undergraduates: Choose to study what you are passionate about. My least favorite phrase when talking about a career choice is “It’s good money.” Life is not about the accumulation of wealth. Do what makes you happy and in the end you will have lived a fulfilling life.
Look for the profile of another History Department Graduate Assistant in a couple of weeks.
A. Diane Russeau-Pletcher
Hometown: West Lafayette, IN
Plans after graduation: Heading to North Carolina to seek a Ph.D.
Favorite period in history: Post-WWII Era
Favorite historical figure: A. Philip Randolph, Bayard Rustin, Paul K. Longmore
What do you like about being a GA: I love assisting in the creation of pedagogical material and helping students to expand their understanding of the world. The best part of being a GA is helping students get to the moment when they realize history is not a series of pre-ordained events, allowing them to push beyond their earlier notions of history as merely black and white. Once students can no longer see past events in such stark terms, it awakens a new ability to question and a new way to think critically.
What advice would you give to undergraduates: Give yourself the time you deserve, in your studies as well as in life. You do not have to know everything about what you want to do or who you are right at this moment. Allow yourself to explore and enjoy the process.
Hometown: Verona, IL
Plans after graduation: “I am looking for a job teaching high school social science or history at the community college level.”
Favorite period in history: United States Antebellum and WWI periods
Favorite historical figure: Andrew Jackson and Abraham Lincoln
What do you like about being a GA: “I enjoy working with the department and having interactions with students that share a passion for history. This has been an excellent experience for developing my skills as an educator.”
What advice would you give to undergraduates: “Take your studies seriously! You are only an undergraduate for a short while and that time flies by. However, you should also have fun with your time here by meeting great new people and trying new activities. ISU has a lot to offer everyone.”
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