Sarah Schmidt, a 2011 Anderson University graduate, recently landed a job as the director of the Huntington County Historical Museum and as a historical columnist for the Herald Press, a newspaper in Huntington, Ind. Schmidt reports on behalf of the Huntington County Historical Museum, providing updates on the organization and interesting historical facts about Huntington County and Indiana. The Huntington County Historical Museum organizes community events such as Hoosier-themed art shows, pioneer days, and historical society meetings.
As a history major at AU, Schmidt gained valuable knowledge and experience that helped her get her current position at the Herald Press. “I was immersed in an educational setting that opened my eyes to different types of history: social and cultural, physical, military, and religious,” said Schmidt. “The professors in the Department of History and Political Science were phenomenal at stretching students’ minds to see how each aspect of history affected different events in time.”
Dr. Joel Shrock, professor of history at AU, admired Schmidt’s success as a student and believes Schmidt is a good fit for her new position. “Sarah was the type of student professors always wanted in their classes. She always came prepared, had something important to contribute, and provided a catalyst to the class through her actions. Her work was exemplary,” said Shrock.
Some aspects of Schmidt’s job directly relate to her AU history courses. “Researching, archiving, and creating displays are three roles that I have at the museum, and I felt prepared for these tasks,” said Schmidt.
Another aspect of AU that Schmidt took advantage of was the Tri-S program, which gives students the opportunity to travel abroad at a low cost. During her junior year at AU, Schmidt studied abroad in Europe. “Without the Tri-S Office’s help figuring out finances for that semester, making sure I had all the needed documentation, and encouraging me in that adventure, I would not have experienced such a trip,” said Schmidt.
Having taken so much from AU, Schmidt was able to land her position at the Herald Press soon after graduation. “I sometimes still cannot believe I found something I love so quickly,” said Schmidt.
Schmidt’s advice to current and incoming students at AU is to take advantage of every opportunity available. “It’s better to learn, to experience, and to do something you love, whether it’s an unpaid internship or a high executive job, than to be unhappy with your working situation,” said Schmidt. “One should never live for the weekend, but instead enjoy every day. Take advantage of all of the resources available to you.”
Now that Schmidt has moved on from her college life, she looks back with no regrets. “I am so, so thankful for the atmosphere, the training, the diversity of people and classes, and especially the professors and leaders. Anderson University has impacted me for a lifetime,” said Schmidt.
— Tiffany Vega is a senior from Valparaiso, Ind., majoring in communication arts and minoring in marketing. Vega is an associate with Fifth Street Communications®, writing on behalf of the Anderson University Office of University Communications.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson University continues to be recognized as one of America's top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music, nursing, and theology.