Katie Lee ('16)
I graduated from Villanova in May 2016, with a BA in Art History and a minor in Psychology, an education which has geared me for success in post-college life. My background in art history has provided me with the ability to think critically and to challenge notions about our visual culture, what these notions represent, and how they are interpreted. I believe that Villanova’s art history curriculum – which emphasizes the studying of various art theories and methodologies – has allowed me to examine our rich visual culture from multiple perspectives. The subsequent understandings of the artistic world that my education has afforded me has not only lead to professional success, such as prestigious internships and graduate school prospects, but has also developed in me a greater presence of mind. I find that I am able to more thoroughly enjoy life, because I am more familiar with the cultural and historical significance of the art that surrounds me in the day to day. For example, I no longer passively walk by a beautiful building, but rather am fascinated by the significance such a work of architecture could have had upon past generations, and the inspiration it may provide to future ones.
In terms of academics, my writing, research, and analytic skills have developed tremendously, especially through the crafting of my senior thesis. As a former Nursing major, I have always found it difficult to effectively translate my ideas onto paper. However, through much practice, and with the encouragement and constructive feedback of Villanova’s wonderful Art History faculty, I now find it much easier to communicate concepts and ideas in an articulate yet accessible way. I am utilizing these skills as I apply to graduate schools, and am confident that my analytic and writing capabilities will only continue to develop and mature as I grow as a student and as a person.