History

Lindsey Schmidt

My hometown when I was a student was

Canton, MI

I graduated in

2014

I studied

History and Biology

I currently live in

Wyoming, MI

I am now

…an Information Technology Aide at the Howard Miller Public Library.

Since graduating from Alma

I’ve become involved in the Kalamazoo and Lakeland communities. I moved to Kalamazoo to attend Western Michigan University’s graduate school. I studied under Dr. Sally Hadden and graduated with a Master’s degree in Early American Legal History. I could not have done it without the skills I gained in Dr. Olbertson’s, Dr. Furlong’s, and Dr. Wasserman’s history classes. While I was completing my degree, I worked with the local animal shelter - Animal Rescue Project - and helped organize events as a member of the fundraising community. I also continued to coach Girls on the Run in both Portage and Kalamazoo. I got engaged to a wonderful man that I met at Alma College and we moved to the Grand Rapids area after I graduated from Western Michigan University. I have traveled to Baltimore to connect with a side of my family we did not realize had survived the Holocaust. After learning about the hardships my ancestors experienced during both world wars I wrote multiple papers on the history of Jewish women. I highly recommend it as a paper topic!

My Alma education

…prepared me for graduate school. Graduate school felt more like an extension of Alma’s classes. Through Alma College I was able to present at numerous conferences and make connections in academic circles.  

My favorite place(s) on campus included

The PMA house, where I met my fiancé and some of my best friends; 3rd floor stacks in the library, where I wrote many papers; DOW, where I served as vice president of the biology club and ran animal shows; and Heritage, where I tried to see as many free shows as possible.

My most vivid/best memory of my time at Alma is

Thinking back to my time at Alma brings me so much joy. I miss the environment and people more than anything. My most vivid memories are those of finding people in Saga to eat with. Often dinners would last for hours because we would just laugh and talk instead of eating. 

My off-campus study experience(s) included

I went to Ecuador twice during my time at Alma College. I went on a bird banding spring term my freshman year. We worked in Quito for the first week and went on some awesome adventures before driving to the cloud forest in the mountains. We stayed there for the rest of term and studied dozens of species of birds. Later in the summer I returned to Ecuador, this time to study lizards on the coast and on the Galapagos Islands. That was an experience! It prepared me for the frustrations of research. No matter how hard you prepare for your research you can never assume that everything will work out. That trip also taught me a valuable life lesson: do not fall asleep on a sail boat on the equator. Eye lid sun burns are very painful!