Kate Rhodes

Student Info

Graduation Year:
Spring 2014
Okemos, Michigan

How did you decide on RCAH?
I heard amazing things about the RCAH from good friends enrolled in the program, attended a few visit days, and ultimately ended up here my freshman year. Right away, I knew that the RCAH was the place for me. I loved the college's emphasis on the humanities and civic engagement, but especially the focus on creating a close, empowering community of students and faculty. After just a few weeks in Snyder-Phillips, I couldn't imagine being anywhere else.

What are your academic interests?
In addition to Arts and Humanities, I have specializations in Museum Studies and Natural Resource Recreation and a minor in Religious Studies. I am especially interested in American history, literature, and culture, but also dinosaurs, myth and religion, education, and so much more. I love to learn and to learn alongside others, and every day in the RCAH and at MSU gives me that opportunity.

What are you favorite aspects of the RCAH experience?
What I love about the RCAH experience is that I never run out of things to say I love about it. I love the courses, the people, the art, the reading room, the listserv e-mails, the building, the events, the student organizations, the performances, the inside jokes, the Facebook groups, the outreach trips, and, above all, the community we create. My favorite RCAH memories are all moments where we have had the opportunity come together around pasta, ice skating, music, coffee, or anything else to celebrate and appreciate each other and our very unique college community.

What are you future plans?
I currently would like to have a future career involved with informal education, visitor services, and public programming at an institution of learning (such as a museum). I am also looking into participating in service programs such as AmeriCorps immediately following graduation.

What are your hobbies and interests within and outside of the RCAH?
Within RCAH, I am the 2013-2014 facilitator of RCAH Council, involved with the WNL planning committee, and a House leader of Willow House. In the few hours I spend outside of RCAH, I love to bake, read, experience the great outdoors, and always be learning.

Have you ever taken part in Study Abroad/Study Away at MSU? If so, which programs?
I participated in the "WWII Memory and Memorials: the U.S. and WWII Europe" study abroad in western Europe during Summer 2012, visiting the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, and Germany. I also spent Summer 2013 in Washington, D.C. interning at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.