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Students who graduate from the history and political science programs are prepared for careers in teaching, government service, non-profits, business and industry. They are also ready to enter graduate programs in law, education, history, political science and public administration. Graduates are working at universities and practicing law. Others have attended graduate school at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Duke University. 100 percent of our graduates last year who applied to graduate school were accepted.

brittany conner

Brittany Leigh Conner graduated from Averett in April 2007 with a double major in history and English and a minor in political science. She earned a master's degree in public administration in 2009 from George Mason University where she was one of two Presidential Management Fellows. She currently works as a program analyst in the Food and Drug Administration in Washington, D.C., a career she calls "fast-paced and challenging." Brittany writes of her Averett education:

"Averett University prepared me not only for graduate school, but for my current career, by giving me the strong foundation necessary to be successful.  The professors at Averett prepared me by not only teaching the facts, but more importantly, by ensuring that I was able to analyze a problem, determine the best solution using all of my available resources, create a plan of action, put that plan into motion, and follow it through until the end.   I learned the importance of self-motivation, time management, clear communication, and working as a group-all skills that I need in order to be successful. . . .   My Averett professors also placed an emphasis on ethical behavior and personal integrity.   Without those two things, I think it would be very difficult to have a meaningful career that makes me feel good about myself and what I have accomplished at the end of the day.   The influence and guidance of my Averett professors is a crucial part of the decision that I made to enter a career of public service-and I know I made the right decision." - Brittany Conner, April 2007

tim easson

Just months after earning his B.A. in history and political science from Averett, the Honorable Timothy Eassonwas elected to the New Hampshire House of Representatives where he served on the State-Federal Relations and Veteran's Affairs committee. During his first term, Tim was named legislator of the year by New Hampshire Business Review magazine. In 2004, he was elected to a second term, where he served on the Education Committee. In 2007, he was the Assistant New Hampshire Director for Congressman Tom Tancredo's presidential campaign. In this capacity, Tim was responsible for planning and overseeing field operations, staff and candidate events. Currently, Tim works in Portsmouth, New Hampshire for Serco, Inc. on a contract for the US Department of State. Tim writes of his Averett education:

"Coming into Averett I knew from day one that I wanted to major in political science and work in public service. During my freshman year I added history as a second major. The history/political science program helped to further my understanding and base of knowledge about a topic that I love. I'm a 'political junkie,' so majoring in
history and political science at Averett was a perfect fit for me. My years at Averett enhanced my knowledge of,
and appreciation for politics and history. Because of my Averett experience I can say that I am a better public
servant. I cannot see myself doing anything away from politics in the future."- The Honorable Timothy E. Easson, May 2002

ciara rogers

After graduating from Averett in May of 2006 with a major in English/History (Pre-law), Ciara Rogers attended law school at North Carolina Central University where she earned her Juris Doctorate degree in 2009. She then clerked for two bankruptcy court judges before joining the law firm of Oliver and Friesen to focus on bankruptcy law. What did an Averett education mean to Ciara? She writes:

"The small class sizes and engaged professors allowed me to actively participate in the classroom, which prepared me for the Socratic method used in law school classrooms.When I began at Averett I was shy and did not feel comfortable speaking in front of others.   When I left Averett I was still shy, but I was no longer afraid to express myself in or out of the classroom.   Now, as an attorney, I appreciate the way the small collegial atmosphere of Averett helped mold me into a person who is able to express herself and advocate on behalf of others." - Ciara Rogers, May 2006

make rapay

While he was a student at Averett Michael R. Rapay was active in student affairs, serving as a resident advisor in the residence halls and a volunteer in the Office of the Dean of Students. After graduating from Averett with a B.A. in history in 2008, Mike enrolled in graduate school at Old Dominion University where he earned his M.Ed. in higher education/student affairs administration in May 2010. He was immediately hired as assistant director of campus programming at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Mike appreciates his Averett education. He writes:

"My history degree from Averett University prepared me for everything I needed to do in graduate school and my career.   Even though I am not working in a field where I use history that much, I use the transferrable skills I learned while at Averett every day.   Not only did I improve my writing and speaking skills, but I am an overall better learner which will help me be successful for the rest of my life". - Mike Rapay, May 2008

ashley coleman

Ashley Coleman graduated in May 2010 with a major in history/social studies with teacher certification. She relocated to South Carolina when her husband was transferred in his job, and she had little trouble finding employment, despite the hard economic times. On the importance of her Averett education, Ashley writes:

"I feel that my time at Averett University was well spent. My educational experience was challenging and rewarding. I left Averett well prepared to take on the challenging role of a modern educator. I now work in the Georgetown County School District of South Carolina teaching Global Studies II. My position is both challenging and rewarding and my experience at Averett made it possible for me to reach my goals." - Ashley Coleman, May 2010.


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