Natalie Beattie

Kaela Meyer



Pittsburgh, PA

Why did you select your major(s) and minor(s)? Were there any experiences that convinced you to declare?

History had always been my favorite subject in school, so when it came time to declare a major in college it was an obvious choice. I also had a wonderful experience the summer before my senior year of high school that solidified my ideas for the future. I applied for a college program about Churchill and World War II, where a group of students had the privilege of traveling to London and France to study these topics in greater detail. While abroad we visited museums, monuments, and had the opportunity to experience history first hand. This trip made it clear to me that history would be something I would love to further explore, not only for a major but as a livelihood. 

Have you had an internship/job? 

Last summer, I worked at the Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as a Visitor Services Associate. My duties varied day-to-day but included staffing the museum shop, admissions desk, or the café. The opportunity allowed me to see more of the visitors’ experience side of museum work, rather than being in the archives all day. This position allowed me to gain a much more well-rounded skill set for a future job in a history related field. As a history major, I specifically was able to utilize my organizational, research, and analytical skills in my work environment and at events conducted by this history museum.

What are you involved in on campus?

In addition to being a member of the College of Arts and Sciences Student Advisory Board, I am also involved in the Ballroom Dance club on campus. As a former ballet dancer, this enables me to continue doing something I am passionate about, as well as a great stress reliever. I also like to attend shows at the Lied Center because of my love for musicals and live performances. Finally, I like going to various Nebraska sporting events such as football, basketball, volleyball, and gymnastics. 

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Student Advisory Board is a liaison between students and the college’s deans, faculty and staff, representing student interests on college curriculum and appeal committees.