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Class of 2012: Where Are They Now?

Last academic year, the women dominated the "History Herd" and took the History department by their witty remakrs and deep love for the history department and its professors. Since graduation, since many seniors have moved onto graduate school or have started new jobs, leaving many of the current students to wonder: where is the History Herd now?

After graduating from Juniata, I was lucky enough to receive a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowship to study at the University of Kansas, where I am in the African and African-American Studies program working towards a Master's in African Studies. This semester I am taking an Anthropology course on Kongo culture in Africa and the diaspora, and the AAAS Introduction to African-American Studies seminar, which is one of the core courses of my degree program. My favorite class, though, is by far my Wolof course. I didn't study a language at Juniata, so I was incredibly nervous to start studying one in graduate school—especially because my funding is specifically for language study! However, while at Juniata, I studied abroad in The Gambia and picked up a little bit of Wolof there, so I wasn't completely unfamiliar with the language. It's been really fun to learn more than just greetings, and to learn about the differences that I didn't know existed between Gambian and Senegalese Wolof. I find myself asking so many questions every day in class, and relating things I learn back to what I picked up or noticed in The Gambia.”

– Amy Hunt

“My life after Juniata is not all that different than it was during. Just the location has changed. I recently moved to Pittsburgh to attend graduate school.  I am attending Duquesne University for my master's in History. At Duquesne, I am specializing in Public History, meaning that most of my classwork revolves around museums and archives. It is a two year program so I should have my MA by 2014. It has been very rewarding so far and although I am just a month into my grad classes, I can definitely tell that Juniata sufficiently prepared me for the work load associated with grad school, especially Dr. Fletcher since she loved to assign readings and that seems to be the only thing I do for most of my classes. Read a book and write a review, oh and start a research paper now that is due at the end of the semester. Sounds like every Alison class I every took. I am taking a total of 3 classes that only meet once per week each. If that doesn't make you want to grad school, I don't know what will. I am taking an intro class which is slightly more painful than Sophomore Colloquium, Archival studies, and Reform in America. This spring, I will have an internship at an archive somewhere in Pittsburgh so it's exciting to look forward to.

As for work, Duquesne offered me an assistantship through the history department. For that job, I am assisting two professors and they basically ask me to help out with their given research interests. One's specialty is early American architecture and the other is modern British history. Awesome combination I know. I also grade undergraduate exams. I have the assistantship for the year with the option to renew it for my second year.

The next two years are going to be fast-pace and hectic, but I feel that Juniata (specifically the strains of senior year) have prepared me enough that I won't have a breakdown. Plus I am too far away for Mama Belle to give me a tissue.”

– Meghan Hall

"Since graduating in May, I have been pursuing a career as a community organizer with the Direct Action Research & Training Center, Inc. (DART).  This is a national network of 20 justice ministry organizations the bring congregations together across racial, religious and socioeconomic lines to pursue justice in their communities.   I work for the B.R.E.A.D. Organization (“Building Responsibility Equality And Dignity”) in Columbus, Ohio.  It is a grassroots, nonprofit organization that brings congregations together to hold public officials accountable for fairness and justice.  I have had the opportunity to build relationships with leaders from diverse congregations across Franklin County, including a Catholic church, an African-American Baptist church, and a reform synagogue.   

Our current issue campaigns focus on cleaning up 7,000 vacant houses that undermine property values and attract crime, keeping low risk juvenile offenders out of prison by using restorative justice as an alternative diversion, keeping chronically ill patients out of the emergency room by connecting them with community health workers, and creating support for entrepreneurs from underserved communities.   This career offers me the opportunity to act on my values of justice and equality, which were strengthened during my time at Juniata through Dr. Fletcher’s Crimes Against Humanity course and the Genocide Awareness and Action Week.  My study abroad experience in Quebec helped prepare me for the adjustment of living in a city (just a tad different from Huntingdon!) and my experience writing history research papers will be very helpful going into our Research to Action Phase after we identify the next issue campaign.  My JC friends have also been a huge support since graduating!"

– Jennifer Ruglio