Maggie Hermanson

Student Info

Graduation Year:
Spring 2016
Spring Lake, Michigan

How did you decide on RCAH?
I decided on the RCAH by accident, really. I had heard of RCAH from one of my friends at school, who said she had just gotten into the humanities school at MSU. I didn't know what humanities meant at the time, but I knew it wasn't English (and I didn't feel as though an English degree encompassed my interests enough). I did some research on the college, and then frantically called Lizzy and asked to switch over. She gladly helped me out, and that's essentially how I got involved.

What are your academic interests?
My academic interests are so widespread. It honestly depends on the week. However, my more constant academic pursuits involve Museum Studies and Professional Writing. I'm really interesting in being the person that makes experiences for museum-goers and places of the like that are more likely to help people learn the topic I'm presenting. Essentially, I want to be able to make learning experiences that are conducive to not only entertainment, but also remembrance of the information. Basically, interactive spaces for all ages.

What are your favorite aspects of the RCAH experience? 
These definitely have to be the interactions with faculty as well as the ability to generate discussion about real-world problems with others who are also passionate about these very problems. It's really nice to be in a place that offers that; not only in the same space, but in a space of equality and empathy. Not a lot of places on campus--or anywhere in the world--give students that opportunity to view any way they want to about issues as well as giving them a foundation to learn more about topics to make a more informed decision. It's essentially a place where millions of different issues are met with opinions and evidence, and we sit together with different levels of knowledge and similar levels of passion on the topic and unravel it together.

What are your future plans?
My future plans are uncertain, but I know that I want to work somewhere I can do research and have this same kind of discussion-based learning in other parts of the world. It saddens me greatly that there are places in the world where people don’t have access to unbiased sources of information where they can learn not only about themselves, but also each other in a safe environment. I firmly believe that no matter who you are, you should have access people and spaces of safety where you can talk about who you are, who other people are, and what the world may be like. So, whatever I end up doing, I plan to bring my RCAH experience outside the classroom and into the real world for the better.

What are your hobbies and interests within and outside RCAH?
I LOVE talking to new students and their families about RCAH. I literally cannot stop shaking with excitement when there’s a new student day of some kind. It’s an opportunity for people to see what we do and how we work our many interests into our academics. We’re here to help change the world, and we’re so proud of it!

Have you ever taken part in Study Abroad/Study Away at MSU? If so, what programs? 
I've been to Dublin and Galway, Ireland, my freshman year on a Freshman Seminar Abroad. It was honestly one of the best experiences of my life, and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to have international experience, or just wants to have a life-changing one. I've met friends that I still have today, and I feel as though that is one of the most valuable takeaways from this experience.

I’ve also gone to London and Paris on the Participatory Memory Study Abroad with the MSU Professional Writing program doing research in fan studies. My project pages include: