Graduate Spotlight – Julia Sager

Graduate Spotlight – Julia Sager

Julia is a 2021 M.A. graduate of the Arts, Cultural Management & Museum Studies program with a focus in Museum Studies. After graduation, Julia plans to continue her work as an Education Assistant at Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center and is looking for opportunities to build her experience and make contributions to the museum field. She would also love to live in Germany, either working towards a Ph.D or in the arts and cultural sector there.

When asked what makes ACM&MS at MSU so unique and special, Julia said, “The people! There is so much to learn and know, that being in a program that fosters wellness throughout all areas of life is such a blessing. Also, having wonderful faculty to teach who are not only instructors, but mentors that may become colleagues, enhances the experience.”

A special experience Julia had during her time in the program began by taking the course Learning in Museums, taught by Max Evjen. This helped pave the way for her involvement in the Museum Computer Network where she, Max, and fellow grad student Natalie Gentry presented at the MCN 2020 Conference. Thanks to Max’s mentorship, Julia applied and was accepted to be an MCN 2020 Scholar and will soon be published in What’s Emerging in the Field?

Julia’s favorite classes were Leadership & Innovation, taught by Program Director Dr. Kiersten Latham, and Policy & Advocacy, taught by Barb Whitney, Executive Director of Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center. Julia describes both courses as two essential classes taught by two wonderful, accomplished women who pass on their expertise in the museum and cultural field while opening dialogue in classes, fostering self-exploration, and encouraging professional development.

Julia has this advice for students, “Allow yourself time to find your passion and give yourself grace. Build in time to do something you enjoy – it keeps you sane!”

In her spare time Julia enjoys listening to music, reading, and photography. She loves to go on walks and bike rides, taking along her Nikon DSLR so she is always ready to capture something interesting on film.