Meet Our Graduate Assistants
The History Department occasionally showcases some of their faculty, staff, or teaching assistants. Currently, there are five graduate assistants that the department would like to recognize:
Hometown: Pekin, Illinois
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?: In five years I will hopefully be teaching middle or high school social science, or going towards earning my Ph.D. in History in order to work in a university.
Favorite period in history: Civil War Era to the Civil Rights Era
Favorite historical figure: Abraham Lincoln
What do you like about being a GA: My favorite aspect of being a GA is that it allows me to work with the next wave of history-social science teachers.
What advice would you give to undergraduates: Start off on the right foot. In other words, if you want to graduate with a good GPA at the end of your college years make sure you don't slack at the beginning. It's really difficult to recover from a poor semester or two.
Hometown: Buffalo, New York
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?: In the middle of completing my PhD. in History and hopefully living in or around Boston.
Favorite period in history: American Civil War
Favorite historical figure: Benjamin Franklin
What do you like about being a GA: The chance to connect with students and really see their improvement throughout the semester. I also like the sense of comradery with other GAs.
What advice would you give to undergraduates: When you do something, in or out of school, go all out and put in your full effort or don't do it at all. You are worth the full 100%.
Hometown: Bartonville, IL
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?: 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!
Mark Stephen Adams II
Hometown: Easton, Pennsylvania
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?: 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
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?: 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.