Undergraduate is a great place to experiment with what kind of work and experiences you like. Do not feel bound by your major, but once you have identified something you might like to do try to be flexible but deliberate on the way there.
If you are interested in pursuing graduate studies in art history or any other field, take an active role in your education from the outset, make connections in the field, and work relentlessly toward achieving whatever academic goals you set out.
I’ve been at the Gardner Museum for 3 years now and I feel lucky to have a role that allows me to work across departments and problem solve creatively. I’m grateful for all the advice I’ve been given by mentors – mentorship has been so important to my career path – especially to those who advised me to work a few years before deciding on graduate school.
The support of my professors and peers at Bowdoin helped me expand my intellectual curiosity and increased my confidence to explore – in my studies and also in the wider world. The opportunity to be able to ask for advice on grad school, career, etc. from my former Art History professors continues to be a huge benefit.
As a kid from rural Maine, I had visited exactly one art museum before Clif Old’s ranging and poetic Art 101 convinced me that the study of art history was a means to connect with the history of all human endeavor.