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Chelsea CandageHistory '11
Major: History Hometown: Gorham, Maine Activities: Political Science Club, study abroad
Does everybody know your name here or is that a myth?
I wouldn’t say that you know everyone, but pretty close. And I am on a first-name basis with everyone in the history department. This applies to the faculty, too.
Why did you come to St. Joe’s?
I chose to come to St. Joe’s for a couple of different reasons. First of all, it was very important for me to go to a college with a good academic reputation. I also liked the location of St. Joe’s, being right on the lake, and the beautiful campus. The small size was also appealing to me. I was very interested in being able to have small class sizes and a one-on-one relationship with my professors. I didn’t want to be student 184 in a 200-student seminar class. I also really liked the scholarships offered and the close location to my home.
Best course you didn’t want to take but ended up liking?
As a history major, when I heard I had to take Ecology and the Environmental Challenge, I was less than thrilled. I have never been one for science. Upon taking the course, however, it turned out to be one of my favorites! The professor, Jeanne Gulnick, made the class fun and the focus on contemporary environmental issues made the class feel really relevant and interesting. I looked forward to her class every day. I would definitely take another ecology class. I think it’s really beneficial to look at fields outside of your major. You might be surprised you like it!
What were a couple of your favorite courses and why?
Two of my favorite classes would be Social History Through Film and World War II. Social History Through Film was very interesting to me. I am also an art minor, so the class combined two of my favorite subjects. I analyzed films, not just those specifically based on historical events, but others as well. It was intriguing and interesting, as well as a fun meeting every Wednesday night. World War II was also a great class. It’s an area of interest for me, and it was really awesome to learn about in-depth. In high school history classes, it seems you only ever really get up to the Civil War, so it was really cool to take a long time studying World War II.
What’s your favorite thing about St. Joe’s?
Its small size. It makes college such a less stressful experience and creates a more comfortable environment knowing that your professors really care about you and care that you succeed. I have really good relationships with my professors and they have been invaluable to me through the years. They are always there to help you and provide advice.
What do you hope to do for a career?
I’m hoping to attend graduate school in New York for museum studies. With that degree, I hope to start work in the exhibit education and design side of a large museum and someday become a curator.
What’s your favorite spot on campus?
My favorite spot on campus is down by the lake. It’s absolutely beautiful.
Did you always want to be a history major?
Yes. History has been my favorite subject for as long as I can remember. As a little girl I was always reading “Dear America” books and anything that had to do with the past.
Have you done any extracurricular activities?
I am treasurer of the Political Science Club here on campus and a member of the Delta Epsilon Sigma Honor Society.
It’s like a little club in itself. It’s very rewarding and gives you experiences you may not otherwise get, such as the trip to Italy my honors class took. We also get to go to places like the MFA in Boston, and have Honors dinners which are really a fun experience.
Have you had any field trips/out-of-classroom experiences for academics?
I attended the University of Ulster in Derry, Northern Ireland, in the Spring 2010 semester. The experience was indescribable. I learned so much that I would never have had a chance to without this experience and I traveled to many interesting places. I also made countless new friends.