COLA Connections Newsletter: March 2014

Student Profile - Megan Moltrup, Museum Studies

Megan Moltrup is a fourth year Museum Studies student with a minor in Art History. Originally coming to RIT as a Biomedical Photography student, in the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences, Megan eventually found her place here in the College of Liberal Arts. A member of the graduating class of 2014, Megan will continue her education in a master’s program in Library Science. She intends to eventually receive her certification to be an archivist.

Why did you choose your major?

I chose Museum Studies because I've always had a love for art and art history. I talked with the department chair, Dr. Tina Lent and after that I knew Museum Studies was where I wanted to be. RIT is rare for the fact it even has the program. There are only about a dozen schools in the country that offer Museum Studies as an undergraduate program. It's great because we're a small program; I have the opportunity to build a relationship with almost everyone in my major as well as my professors. Museum Studies, hands down was the best decision I've made at RIT.

What has been one of your favorite classes?

One of my favorite classes has been Introduction to Museums & Collecting. It's the first class you take as a Museum Studies student. We went on field trips every week to museums around Rochester, like the Susan B. Anthony House and The Strong Museum of Play. We also had the opportunity to go on behind the scenes tours and hear from the people that work in the museums.

What do you like to do outside of class?

Outside of class I'm usually working, I have a multiple jobs that keep me busy. I work for the History, Philosophy, and Performing Arts & Visual Culture departments as a student staff assistant. I also work at the Cary Collection on the second floor of the library (I recommend checking it out).

What is your favorite non-academic RIT event?

My favorite non-academic RIT events are the Eight Beat Measure concerts. The past few years I've gotten to know many of the "bad boys of a capella.” They're really great people and their music is even better. If you're looking for something to do in May their Chill Beats concert is not to be missed!

What are your plans for the future?

After graduation this summer I am planning on working in an internship position at the Library of Congress. Then in the fall I'll head off to graduate school to begin my Masters in Library Science. I have been accepted to a few programs but have yet to make my final decision on where I will go.