|First-year graduate assistant Andrew Spate|
This year, we welcome Andrew Spate among those students with assistantships. Andrew is a first-year Historical Studies graduate student focusing on American history. His assistantship requires him to work with Dr. Holly Mayer and Dr. John Mitcham, providing research assistance and other duties as assigned.
We asked Andrew to tell us a little bit about himself:
1. Where did you complete your undergraduate degree?
I graduated from West Virginia Wesleyan College, in Buckhannon, WV.
2. What did you major in?
I was a dual major with History and Secondary Education.
3. Where is your hometown?
My hometown is Belle Vernon, Pa. It is about 30 miles South of Pittsburgh.
4. What's your favorite movie?
My favorite movie is Remember the Titans.
5. What's your favorite historical period?
I enjoy the antebellum period, in particularly the Confederate movement within the United States.
6. Did you have any extracurricular activities in college?
During undergraduate, I played football for 3 years, was a member of the Kappa Alpha Order as well as Phi Alpha Theta, and active member of the campus community.
7. Tell us a little known fact about yourself.
I was a 2015 Gilder Lehrman History Scholar, and was awarded a trip to New York to meet and discuss with scholars such as Martha Hodes, David Blight, and Kenneth Jackson.
8. What area of history are you focusing on in your graduate program at Duquesne University?
I will be focusing on American History, in the Antebellum Era.
9. What are some of the responsibilities you'll have as a graduate assistant in our department? What faculty are you assisting?
Some of my responsibilities include proctoring, research, and indexing.
10. How do you like Pittsburgh so far?
Growing up in Pittsburgh, I always liked it, but moving into "the city" has been a unique experience. I love proximity to so many different activities and things to do, as well as the research opportunities provided by having many different institutions in the same area and also a strong library system like the Carnegie helps as well.
11. What are your plans (or your dreams) for after you finish your M.A. degree?
That is a good question... I would love to pursue my Ph.D in History, yet would be open to other positions as well. Being an education major as well, I would be open to going and teaching high school and community college classes as a start while I work on my Ph.D, but in reality I am very open minded and would just love the opportunity to do anything that I feel is contributing to society in a way that is pleasing.
12.What is one of the things you're most excited to experience here at Duquesne and/or in Pittsburgh?
The thing I am looking forward to the most, is the chance to engage within the culture of Pittsburgh. Being in a small college town, there were limited opportunities outside of the college, and personally being about 45 minutes from Pittsburgh required ample planning for making the most out of any trip into the city. With my new location, I am looking forward to doing the little things in Pittsburgh that I normally wouldn't have the opportunity to such as trying new restaurants, going to the different events in the city, and just exploring everything this wonderful city has to offer.