Senior Lauren Huber ’20 is an historian at heart who loves “learning about the past and finding ways to connect it to the present and future.” So, it was no surprise when the Reading-area native decided to major in history at Albright College.
At Albright, Huber says she found a nurturing environment ripe for intellectual exploration. “My professors have encouraged me to take strides in my academics and push myself, but they were also sympathetic and understanding whenever any event arose that could affect my work,” says Huber.
“Albright’s small class sizes gives students the opportunity to connect with professors that are teaching them, talk to them one on one, and ask questions if need be, and I truly feel this helps to make Albright students successful learners.”
Huber also credits her cheerleading coach, Kim Radka, with mentoring her along the way. “She not only leads our team successfully each season, but she also takes her role of coach to the next level by being there like a mother or friend, giving us advice about school, careers and life in general.”
In this rich and engaging environment, Huber also discovered a love for the Spanish language and Spanish-speaking cultures. “Studying history has opened my eyes to the past in more ways than I could have imagined, and I think it’s made me appreciate and better understand the people and cultures I encounter in my life. The same goes for Spanish,” Huber says.
“Through my Spanish studies, I have also learned a ton about the many various cultures and traditions, as well as the history of other Spanish-speaking countries.”
The major led Huber to a three-week, faculty-led study abroad trip to Spain, which she calls “an amazing experience!”
Another highlight of her time at Albright was a summer 2019 internship at LancasterHistory. There she researched and developed a women’s history walking tour of the city, participated in classroom seminars, took behind-the-scenes tours of museums and historic sites, and attended networking opportunities with professionals working in the field.
“The internship gave me the opportunity to learn about the careers I am considering pursuing, and gave me experiences and knowledge I will carry with me in my future endeavors,” says Huber, who ultimately hopes to earn a master’s degree and work for a museum or historic site.