Emily Crichton O'Hara

Albion prepared Emily.
While at Albion, I had the ability to take classes in a multitude of fields. Even though I was an art major, also taking classes in math and science helped me gain a broad knowledge base. I was also able to participate in a museum internship my senior year. Together, these experiences have given me the ability to communicate with scientists and translate their expert understanding of a topic to a larger audience of general museum visitors.
Albion provided opportunities to explore the world beyond my passions, encouraged me to stretch my mind to places where it was uncomfortable, and put me in situations where I had to clearly articulate my ideas. These experiences gave me the foundation on which I have built my current career.
Students should take advantage of the opportunities that come with a liberal arts education. Even though the world sometimes projects a specialist education as the only option, you will end up competing for jobs with people who look exactly like you on paper. At a liberal arts college, you will be pushed outside your comfort zone and this will empower you more than you can imagine—you may find connections that strengthen your understanding or reveal a new way of looking at problems in your own field, or even discover a new path that interests you. These are vital skills that you will need to be successful after college.

Take It Further: Museum of Science, Boston; Art and Art History Department; Prentiss M. Brown Honors Program

Rudy Aronoff

Albion prepared Rudy.
Working with the fabulous professors at Albion taught me that flexibility, problem solving and thinking a situation through to every eventual outcome has gotten me where I am today.
Albion was the jumping-off point for a great start to a successful career. The ability to work as a research assistant was one of the most beneficial experiences I had as an undergrad. Not to mention the ability to marry multiple disciplines in the Art Department. Having a formal art historical education as well as the ability to tangibly create art at the same time was key to why I went to Albion and have been successful afterward.
Never discount fine art majors. We have more skills and ingenuity than you can imagine!

Take It Further: Art and Art History Department, Anthropology and Sociology Department, Foundation for Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity (FURSCA)

Josh Hicks

Albion prepared Josh.
It’s all about the liberal arts education. It taught me to think and learn, which is critical in journalism. Familiarity with Albion professors also helped—it’s one of the bonuses of small class sizes. I reached out to Ian MacInnes for a grad-school recommendation nine years after taking his course on Milton in the English Department. Luckily, he still remembered me, and his letter helped me earn a spot in Stanford’s graduate journalism program, where I polished my skills and met the connections that brought me to the Post.
Albion is a place where I explored, found my passion and began working toward my dreams. The faculty members taught me to think critically, helped me develop new skills and came through when I needed them. Overall, the school delivered on its promise of individual attention and a well-rounded education. It was a great place for personal development and relationship building.

Take It Further: The Post's Federal Eye blog, English Department

Amanda Boundy

Albion challenged Amanda.
I never would have become a singer, and then an arts administrator, if I did not attend Albion. Several professors in the Music Department saw something in me that I was not aware of as an 18-year-old first-year. The Music faculty offered me my first choral solo, first role in an opera, first time singing with an orchestra, first competition win, and even a couple of professional gigs. They were the first people who told me that music was not just a crazy dream, but a legitimate professional goal.
Albion is a place to discover who you are supposed to be.

Take It Further: Music Department, Anthropology and Sociology Department

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