Adrienne Mingo '20
preserve the past.
Why did you choose Stockton?
I chose Stockton because during my senior year of high school, I took a class called Holocaust and Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity with the dual credit program and it completely changed my outlook on what I wanted to do with my life and academic career. I became very familiar with the Holocaust and Genocide Studies minor program and the professors in it and felt like it was the best fit.
Why did you choose your major?
I chose Historical Studies because I’ve always loved history. History is something that we are always trying to unpack and understand, and I love being able to do so with the History department.
What have you gotten out of your academic program so far?
I have been trained at the highest standard for historians. The professors in the History department have changed me for the better. They have taught me how to engage with all different types of history and how to be objective when looking back. I’ve become a better researcher and writer, and they have helped me figure out my life goals and what you can accomplish with a history degree.
What opportunities have you had at Stockton?
I have been able to work on the Sara and Sam Schoffer Holocaust Resource Center expansion, which gave me insight on how exhibition projects run and how everything you see up there comes together. I have also been able to work internships with various institutions, such as the Sam Azeez Museum of Woodbine Heritage, the Stockton Archives and Special Collections, and the Jewish Heritage Museum: A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in New York City. I wouldn’t have been able to have any of these incredible experiences had it not been for the History department and the Holocaust and Genocide Studies program.
How is Stockton preparing you for the next chapter in your life?
The last two years at Stockton have flown by so fast and all of a sudden I’m doing really big career things and making substantial life decisions, and that’s all because of what the people at Stockton have given me. If I had gone anywhere else, I don’t know if I would’ve had the same opportunities.
What are your career goals?
My hope is to work in a museum or archival environment. During my internship with Special Collections at Stockton I chose a collection to process and organize, and I created a finding aid for it to assist others who want to use the research. My internship at the Jewish Heritage Museum also gave me an incredible experience in terms of teaching kids about World War II and the Holocaust. It’s so important to teach about genocide because it’s still going on today, and I see that kids are genuinely interested in learning more and being aware of the world’s ever-changing situations.