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University of Mississippi

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Jessica Barba

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Jessica Barba

A native of Roseville, California, Jessica Barba has been on the Chancellor’s Honor Roll every semester of her career and is a double-major in economics and history. She founded the Economics Club, which enhances students’ feeling of community, and gives them chances to network at club events.  

 

Why did you choose to major in economics and history at UM?
I knew that history was going to be my major because I love traveling and had some amazing high school history teachers who made me fall in love with the subject. However, after my freshman year, I realized that I wanted to add economics as a major because I  plan to go into business down the road. Before I combined majors, I hadn’t realized how much the economy has driven every country’s history. That’s made me become intrigued with foreign economic policy, and I hope to pursue a career in that down the road. Making the decision to be a double major took a lot of thought because it requires extensive time management and planning. However, all my professors in both departments have been super helpful and have made the experience absolutely worthwhile.

Has UM provided any leadership opportunities?
I am the founder and president of the Economics club. I want to expand the networks for conomics majors, providing help with finding internships and jobs out of college. They can have a place to go for help and sense of belonging. In addition, I am a part of the Pi Beta Phi sorority where I am involved in Champions Are Reader (CAR for short) program that provides an after-school reading program with local elementary schools.

What are your career aspirations?
After I graduate next spring, I’m planning on working in the Nashville area, and I’ll eventually, go to grad school for a master’s degree. My dream would be to work with foreign economic policy! However, that is a long road to get to that level so working for a big company or bank to ensure my success and one day have a family I can support is my goal right now.

What is your go-to meal in Oxford?
Hotty Toddy Balls from Volta! I mean who doesn’t love those!

What are you binge watching?
Friends, New Girl, and Sweet Magnolias

 

Grayson Mays

Grayson Mays

Grayson loves history and historical places. Grayson is co-founder and president of the UM History Club. An education minor, he has immersed himself in the wider community by working at Families First, a north-Mississippi nonprofit that connects families with vital resources, including education and healthcare.  

 

Why did you decide to study history?
I decided my passion for history made my major a no brainer. I enjoy my classes so much more when I care about the subject. My major has made my Ole Miss experience 100 times better!

Career goals?
Right after graduation, I plan on serving in the Navy, but after the military I hope to either teach high school history classes or work in museum administration.

Why study history at the University of Mississippi?
Studying history at the University of Mississippi is a one-of-a-kind experience. With Ole Miss being founded in 1848, it has seen many historic events crucial to U.S. history. Walking around UM, you really see history with your own eyes, forming a real appreciation for our campus.

What is an especially memorable trip, research, internship, or other school-related activity you’ve done?
During winter break of my junior year I interned at the Arkansas National Guard Museum in Little Rock. I shadowed the curator of the museum, and I got hands-on experience with the archiving system Past Perfect, the software that many museums use to keep track of their collections.  I even had the chance to form my own small exhibit!

Have you had an experience at UM that made you feel empowered or gave you a leadership opportunity?
UM gave me the opportunity to join many clubs, and I like working with other students to make a positive impact; for example, I do student outreach for the Baptist Student Union.

Any particular support or encouragement you have received from a professor?
When I was applying for internships some of my favorite history professors gave me great recommendation letters. They also were very encouraging, and offered great support for me to achieve my goals.

What are you binge watching on Netflix or other platforms?
I have watched The Office over 20 times, and I do not regret it.

What is your go-to meal in Oxford?
El Agava is the best Mexican restaurant in Oxford, hands down.

Mallory Clark

Mallory Clark

Mallory is fascinated by espionage: specifically, female spies in the Civil War. She is currently writing her capstone paper on this project, researching these unknown figures who were, nevertheless, essential to both sides. A history buff since childhood, she wants to expand her paper into a book when she gets a Ph.D. in history, her career goal.  

 

Why did you decide to study history?
I decided to be a history major because I’ve always loved history as well as reading and writing. Being a history major is the best way to combine all three! I am particularly interested in the Civil War, Reconstruction, and women’s involvement in the war. I was a Social Studies Education major in my freshman year but quickly decided I really wanted to be able to do my own research and write about specific topics that interest me, I felt that history is the best way to do that!

Career goals?
I would love to attend graduate school somewhere up North, and one day be a professor or work at a museum somewhere.

Why study history at the University of Mississippi?
I think history is one of the most important subjects.  While the reading and writing workload can be intense, you learn so much not just about the past but about society and why we function the way we do today. History opens the door to understanding the present, which a lot of people forget.

What is an especially memorable trip, research, internship, or other school-related activity you’ve done?
Probably the best research I’ve done so far is the research I’m doing now for my capstone paper with Dr. Twitty. I have learned so much not only about my topic, but super helpful research techniques I can use in the future!

Any particular support or encouragement you have received from a professor?
I was feeling a little discouraged at how saturated the history field (particularly in regards to the Civil War) seemed, and was expressing this concern to the late Dr. John Neff, a legendary UM professor whom we tragically lost almost a year ago. He told me that “as long as you believe the work is important, you can do it.” and that is definitely something that has stuck with me and often gives me the extra push I need to wrap up a tough research paper or any other assignment.

What is your go-to meal in Oxford?
My go-to meal in Oxford is definitely tacos from South Depot! They are relatively inexpensive with quite a bit of variety so usually, there’s something for everyone!

What are you binge watching on Netflix or other platform?
I’ve been binge-watching Unsolved Mysteries on Netflix, it’s one of my favorites.