Hi there! My name is Rebecca Gale and I am an undergraduate history major and public history minor at the University of Maryland Baltimore County at the Universities at Shady Grove (USG). I transferred to USG in January 2016 after spending three years at Grove City College in Pennsylvania. (I guess I have a thing for schools with the word “grove” in the name…) That was a big change, but I really appreciate all of the opportunities that being at USG has provided me with, in particular the chance to have smaller classes and get to know my professors. I’m also obsessed with the pesto pizza in the Green Grove Café.
Outside of class, I’m passionate about sharing history with the public and being involved in my community. I am doing an internship at a historic preservation organization in Forest Glen, MD called Save Our Seminary, which helped to restore the quirky architecture of what used to be a women’s school campus. I’m also a tour guide at the Anderson House museum in Dupont Circle, DC. I am hoping to go into a career in museum work, so I’m looking into applying to grad school next year, which is an exciting (and at times overwhelming) opportunity that I had never considered before coming to USG!
Here are some more random facts about me: I love writing and blogging in my free time, so I’m excited to join the Around the Grove community! I also play guitar, sing, and write songs and enjoy doing art and crafting. I’m passionate about mental health care advocacy, which I sometimes write articles about for an organization called The Mighty. My second biggest passion though would have to be watching TV…I love anything from period dramas to British comedies to home improvement shows. Anyways, I hope you’ll all enjoy following my adventures around the USG campus as I battle senioritis, research papers, and crowded parking lots. I wish the best to all of my fellow USG students this school year!