Introducing Sarah Wright who is graduating from Johns Hopkins University in December 2016. She currently works as the Education Coordinator for Family Programs at an art museum. Thank you to her for providing this additional information about her graduate school experience.
Why did you choose Johns Hopkins University?
I chose this program because I could continue to gain work experience while also working towards my masters. The remote style allowed me not to worry about where I ended up geographically between the start and end of the program. I also live in Baltimore, so am familiar with the school and know its high standards.
What was your favorite class and/or professor and why?
Anna Slafer, Educational Programs for Museum Audiences
What particular skills were taught in the program?
The program focuses an a ‘big picture’ approach. Because you take courses in all aspects of museums despite your special interests, you come out with an understanding of how museums and non-profits work as a whole.
Did you complete a thesis or capstone project? If so, what was your topic?
If there was no required thesis or capstone, were any of your classes project based?
Where were you and your classmates in your career? Just out of undergrad, or coming from an entry-level museum position, or coming from outside of the field, etc.?
It was a mix – many classmates had some museum experience, especially in part-time capacities. There was also a handful who did not have experience but were beginning to volunteer, intern, etc. as well as a few who had worked in other fields for a considerable amount of time and were looking to re-direct their careers.
Any advice for those looking into graduate school and beginning a career in museums?
Graduate school should be for people who have experience in a field and know that they want to delve deeper into that field. I think this grad program was excellent for my situation. I had had a few years of part-time and internship experience before applying. Now, three years later, I am graduating and have a full time position in a museum department that I love. I credit the program for giving me the background and stamina to get to this position. That being said, programs can’t stand alone. Actual work experience is just as crucial.