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Quick Facts

Name: Grace Harpster

Class of: 2011

Hometown: San Francisco, CA

Majors: Art History, German

Current Occupation: Graduate Student, UC Berkeley

Words of Wisdom: The study abroad programs are wonderful, and mine was essential to figuring out what I wanted to do after graduating (not to mention giving me experience that helped me get into graduate school).

Harpster, Grace - photo  Grace Harpster, Class of 2011


   PhD candidate in the History of Art
   University of California, Berkeley

  
  Tell us about yourself. How did you come to Tulane?
  I grew up in San Francisco and after graduating high
  school wanted to attend a college that was academically 
  rigorous and located in a  fascinating and interesting city.
  Tulane was the perfect choice, and they gave me a
  generous scholarship that made the decision easy.





Education

Bachelor of Arts, Art History, German                                2011
Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana

PhD, History of Art                                                              2018 intended
University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, California



Present day


What are you currently doing?
I’m a PhD student at UC Berkeley. It’s a seven-year program that includes coursework, dissertation research, and teaching responsibilities.

What are some of the pros of your current position or role?
Fascinating work, includes lots of travel for conferences and research.

What are some of the cons?
The work can be isolating, and graduate school is very demanding.



Undergraduate Experience


What insights did you have as a college student?
Balance is the most important thing!

What academic advice would you offer incoming students?
Follow your interests while being smart about finishing your requirements on time. Also, if you can spend an entire year abroad, it is a great idea to do so.

Discuss a class that had a significant impact on you.
It was an art history seminar on Velazquez with Professor Suzanne Walker – this class made me realize what I wanted to do with my life and why.



Lagniappe


What was your first job after earning your undergraduate degree?
I went straight into graduate school.

Do you have any other recommendations?
It is important to have balance in your life. Working hard will give you great personal satisfaction and pride in what you do, but incorporating some time for fun and friends will make you an interesting person and keep you strong when life gets stressful. This, of course, is easier said than done, but being efficient in studying will help out immensely.

Also, take advantage of the things Tulane offers! The study abroad programs are wonderful, and mine was essential to figuring out what I wanted to do after graduating (not to mention giving me experience that helped me get into graduate school). Get to know your professors as well. They can give you advice and of course knowledge, but it is also important to have made a good impression when you need recommendations.

What do you wish you had known as a first-semester freshman?
I wish I had known to just say yes to everything! I think the first semester would have been a little easier of a transition if I had been more proactive.


Contact Info

LinkedIn:   Grace Harpster
Email:   gharpste@berkeley.edu
Facebook:   Grace Harpster

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5000 website@tulane.edu