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Department of History
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!
Look for the profile of another History Department Graduate Assistant in a couple of weeks.
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.
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.
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Department of History
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