Krystin Husz '12 spent two summers participating in archaeological digs at the Agora.
“As a Classics and
Latin major, you explore lots of different areas, such as languages, history,
philosophy, art history, and archaeology,” says Randolph-Macon College student
Krystin Husz ’12. She has spent her college career doing just that.
Husz is a born traveler. She took a January Term (J-term)
trip to Ethiopia during her sophomore year and spent the following two summers participating
in archaeological digs at the Agora in Athens, Greece. The Stavros S. Niarchos Foundation,
an international philanthropic organization, offers R-MC students this unique opportunity.
Each year, Professor John Camp II, the Niarchos
Professor of Classics at R-MC, travels with five of his students to the
Agora, which once served as the center of economic, social and intellectual life
in Greece. Husz spent the fall semester of her senior year in Rome at the Intercollegiate
Center for Classical Studies, a program administered by Duke University.
“Looking back, I really think that all of my experiences—in and out of the classroom—are
connected in some way,” says Husz, who was recently inducted into the
Phi Beta Kappa Society. “I learned a lot about myself and what I want from
life because of these opportunities. My travel experiences, along with an
internship at the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, helped me decide
that I want to pursue a career in cultural heritage law.”
Husz, who served as the vice-chair and co-chair of the R-MC Judicial Board, has
also served on Delta Zeta’s Executive Board.
“I have really enjoyed building relationships with other students, especially my
sorority sisters,” she says. Her classes and participation in student organizations,
she says, will benefit her long after she marches across the stage at Commencement.
“I learned to think critically and I am much better at giving oral presentations,”
she says. “My involvement in student organizations taught me how to communicate
and work with my peers, lessons I will be able to use throughout my life.”
Husz has a busy summer planned. To begin with, she’ll be applying to law schools.
“Ideally I would like to find a dual-degree program that allows me to earn a J.D.
and Master’s at the same time,” she says.
Husz was recently accepted into the Virginia Governors Fellows Program. Students
accepted into the program must have a commitment to excellence in academics, proven
leadership ability and involvement in extracurricular activities and community service.
Participants are placed in different positions in the Governor’s Office and in various
agencies throughout the Executive Branch.
“I am very excited to be a Governor's Fellow,” she says. “I became interested in
the program when I interned at the Department of Historic Resources. I learned so
much about state government through my internship that I wanted to continue that
learning experience. Cultural Heritage Preservation and Law involves the cooperation
of many different organizations, from non-profits to the military, so I thought
this would be a great way to broaden my horizons and gain exposure to the inner
workings of state government.”