Betsy Apple '14

Hometown: Memphis, TN

Current Town: Raleigh, NC

While at Agnes Scott, Betsy Apple interned at several nonprofits including the National Cotton Museum, the Chattanooga History Center, and the Decatur Arts Alliance.  Watch this video to hear her talk about one of those internships.
What are you doing now?  
 
I am a Museum Educator at Mordecai Historic Park in Raleigh, NC. This job is through the city's Parks and Recreation department, so I'm getting a taste of what it means to work for the government. My main responsibilities include: leading field trip programming, giving docent tours of the Mordecai House and property, and assisting in planning and executing on-site special events.  

How did your experience in the History department at Agnes Scott help prepare you?

I came into Agnes Scott a theatre major ready to take the stage and after the first couple weeks of my survey history course with Dr. Cain, I knew I was going to graduate a history major. The History department at Agnes Scott has the best faculty. Hands down. In forming relationships with my professors, I was able to connect with several different internship sites, which shaped my ideas of what I would be when I grew up.  The in-class experience molded me into a highly motivated, detail-oriented problem solver with strong communication, analytical, and prioritization skills -- tools that will serve me well as I move forward.  
I'm a sap, but I really credit the History department for making my college experience so wonderful.  There is nowhere else I'd rather be on campus than Buttrick 3rd talking with, listening to, learning from, and laughing alongside some of the greatest mentors in the world.  

Any advice for future Scotties or future History Majors?

1. PLAY with your primary sources! There's no telling what you might encounter in old Agnes Scott yearbooks, bound up TIME magazines, or microfilmed New York Times
2. READ. Seriously, read.  Even if you have a late night, skim the reading before class. If you're unprepared for class you're doing everyone, including yourself, a disservice.  Plus, professors invest a lot of time and energy in picking the readings. Give them some respect. 
3. Get to know your fellow history majors. At some point, the person sitting next to you goes from random-student-in-desk to valuable resource and peer educator. I first met my best friend and roommate in the context of the history department. Talk to your neighbor, grab lunch after class ... totally worth it.