MURRAY, Ky. — Many students discover their passion while attending Murray State University. Sarai Dunn is one such student.
A history major from Murray, Dunn has succeeded on campus due to the small class sizes, faculty interaction, student organizations and her campus job as a student worker in Pogue Library. In fact, she has been so inspired by her experience in Pogue that she now plans to pursue a future as an archivist. This is her story.
Calloway County High School
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Baptist Campus Ministries (BCM) Leadership Team and the National Society of Leadership and Success.
Why did you choose Murray State?
I chose Murray State for a multitude of reasons. Being from Murray, Murray State University had a pivotal impact on my life growing up. I knew starting in elementary school that I wanted to major in something that had a basis with the past. The campus of Murray State has a rich background in history, and I knew as soon as I graduated [high school] that I wanted to attend Murray State.
What do you think sets Murray State apart from other universities?
Murray State is a University that allows for students to engage and interact with each other in multiple events and organizations. The smaller classroom sizes allow for a better relationship between professors and students. Not to mention, the professors care about whether their students are learning and doing well in their classes.
What does college mean to you?
College means that we, as students, can continue our education to enlarge our personal knowledge. It is a way for us to broaden our minds of the world and how it works. College is also a place where students can make connections.
What’s something you’ve accomplished at Murray State that you’re most proud of and why?
Being at Murray State has given me many opportunities. I believe that one of the greatest opportunities that I have been given is working at Pogue Library. It is here that I worked on gathering information and artifacts for the exhibit that was shown at the Dr. Harry M. Sparks Distinguished Lecture Series in Wrather Museum in the spring of 2017. I had so much fun learning about the fifth president of Murray State while gaining expertise in another part of the field I wish to go into. It was truly encouraging to find out how much people truly enjoyed the exhibit.
How has your job at Pogue Library impacted you — both personally and professionally?
I began my job at Pogue my freshmen year at Murray State. When I came to the University, my goal in life was to be a museum curator. Before university, I went to a few of the museums in Washington, D.C. and really wanted to get into the line of museum work. However, not long after I started working at Pogue, I fell in love with the archives. Growing up, we always hear people say, “do what you love.” So, I have decided to focus my career on becoming an archivist. Not only has working at Pogue changed my desired career, it has also changed my perspective on the town of Murray. I have learned so many things about this town I grew up in that I don’t believe I would have been able to learn if it was not for working at Pogue.
What other opportunities have you been afforded at Murray State?
I have had so many opportunities since arriving at Murray State. I have been able to make so many connections and friends across campus. I am a part of the BCM Leadership Team this year. Just within the BCM, I have met so many people that have encouraged me and I have reciprocated that encouragement.
How have Murray State’s faculty and staff helped you along the way?
The faculty and staff at Murray State have been an excellent help in my career as a college student, especially the professors. Every professor that I have had has been an amazing encouragement to my studies and myself. Anyone can see how much the professors at Murray State truly care for their students.
What are your next steps after you graduate from Murray State?
I plan on graduating a year from now in the fall of 2018. After I graduate, I hope to be able to attend graduate school at the University of Indiana in Bloomington. There, I wish to major in archival studies to fulfill my desire to be an archivist.
If you could spend an hour with anyone, who would it be and why?
If I could spend an hour with anyone, I would like it to be Queen Elizabeth II. Not only is she an icon, but she has spent many years as the queen of England. Although she may only have the title of queen, Queen Elizabeth II could have many amazing stories from the past that happened all over the world during her reign.