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Spotlight - Department of History, Illinois State University Spotlight

Meet Our Graduate Assistants

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Ryan Melson

Hometown:        Harvard, IL, which is a small little farming community in Northern Illinois.

Plans after graduation:   I hope to either be finishing law school or finishing up my work in a Doctoral program

Favorite period in history:  Civil War era

Favorite historical figure:  Abraham Lincoln

What do you like about being a GA:  Being a GA has already opened my eyes to what a professor has to go through to prepare for a class and the course in general.  In addition to this, I am gaining great mediation skills between the students and the professor.

What advice would you give to undergraduates:  Take pride in the work you do.  If you do not, no one else will.

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Meet our Graduate Assistants

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Rachel Lawrence

Hometown:        Bartonville, IL

Plans after graduation:   I hope to be working toward my doctorate but I may also seek a position in a museum.

Favorite period in history:  Roman Empire and medieval period, especially Eastern Europe

Favorite historical figure:  Emperor Vespasian, Stefan the Great, and Vlad Dracula

What do you like about being a GA:  I like giving undergraduates someone else to ask for advice, just in case they need another opinion.  If I change their views on history and they realize history is not dull, I consider it a job well done.

What advice would you give to undergraduates:  Study hard but make time for yourself, too.  You do not want to burn out too soon.  Get involved and make a difference.  Study abroad, if you can, and do what interests you.  Importantly, do not just read: learn!

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Meet our Graduate Assistants

Mark Adams

Mark Stephen Adams II

Hometown:        Easton, Pennsylvania

Plans after graduation:   Working on my Doctorate somewhere in the Midwest

Favorite period in history:  The Early 1960′s

Favorite historical figure:  Martin Luther King Jr.

What do you like about being a GA:  I really enjoy getting to know the awesome faculty here at ISU, who have made me feel welcome.  I also greatly appreciate the experience of working in the college classroom, which will surely benefit me later down the road.

What advice would you give to undergraduates:  Balance is key to a fruitful and positive collegiate journey, especially at the Undergrad level.  Definitely make sure you organize a schedule to ensure you have designated times to study, as well as times to socialize and enjoy yourself.

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Department of History
Normal, Il 61790-4420
Phone: (309) 438-5641
Fax: (309) 438-5607