“In ten years, I hope to have earned my Ph.D. in history and begun a job at a university much like UP,” Amanda said. “I want to teach at a school which emphasizes the importance both of research and ensuring strong student education.”
Amanda said she has been influenced heavily by the professors at UP, not only educationally, but personally as well. She has particularly appreciated the instruction of Patrick Murphy, a professor in the music department.
“Throughout my time at UP, he has shared with me his time, talent, and patience. As a result, he has allowed me to grow both as a student and an individual,” she said.
At Founders Day, Amanda will present her senior history thesis, which focuses on the American women’s rights movement in the 1860s. She will explain how the Civil War pushed American women to think about their roles in society. She recently presented the same work to the Northwest Regional Phi Alpha Theta Conference, which is the honor society for HIstory students. At the Founder’s Day breakfast, Amanda was also awarded all three of the top student prizes for History, as well as an award from Fields Hall.
Inspired in part by her experience at UP, Amanda hopes to do a year of service work after graduating this May.
“Not only have I been challenged academically, but I have been called to think about my role in society and how I can work to improve our world,” Amanda said. “UP has prepared me not only to be successful in the working world, but as an individual in a global society.”