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It was a high school trip to Paris that sparked Elise Pundyk’s interest in art history and museum studies. “Through this experience I was drawn to museums and their role in the preservation of history,” she says. “The program at uLethbridge offers a unique chance to study art history and museum studies simultaneously, which is great because it brings both of my interests together.”
Now in her third year, Elise says her fondest memory is from the opening reception of the first exhibition that she played a role in curating. “It was so rewarding to see the weeks of preparation come together and people gathering to celebrate one another’s work,” she says. “This was a special moment as I felt a part of the greater arts community that is on campus and within the city of Lethbridge.”
Looking back, Elise offers words of advice to future students: “Don’t pass up the opportunities presented to you. Take as much out of this experience as you can because this is a time where you are surrounded by people who encourage and support you as you strive to reach your fullest potential. Immerse yourself in the community and all it has to offer.”