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Griffin O'Neil

Griffin O'Neil

A history student with a minor in German, Griffin works at the University Museum as an instructor for after school art programs and a docent for museum tours.  He particularly enjoys student engagement with art projects while promoting creativity and individualism in young people.   


Why did you choose to attend UM?
I am from Oxford, so it was a natural choice to attend Ole Miss from a logistical and financial standpoint. The history department is good, and I am excited to be a part of such a big school.

When and why did you choose your major(s)/minors?
I chose history because it is the subject I have always enjoyed the most. I am most passionate about it, and it suits my strengths. I chose German as a minor because I had taken a couple years in high school, and I have always enjoyed the German culture.

What are your career goals?
I hope to get my doctorate and become a professor who can write books.

Is there a professor who has been particularly helpful to you?
Dr. Chris Hutchinson in the German program has particularly helpful. I had him every day for two semesters which created a good relationship between us. He has always been available to answer any questions I might have and has been a great professor overall.

What has been a particularly meaningful way you have engaged in a community –either on or off-campus?
I work at the University Museum, and through that I co-teach a class called Art Zone, which teaches 3rd and 4th graders different art styles, and parts of art history. It has been extremely rewarding to help the younger generation learn about culture and history in such a good environment.

What do you like to do outside of school (hobbies, interests)?
I enjoy playing soccer as well as making music with my friends.

What are you binge watching/reading/listening to?
I finished The Sopranos last semester and have been watching The Expanse on Amazon Prime since then.

Dream Travel Destinations?
My top three places to visit are Budapest, Rome, and Zurich. Budapest because it is such an interesting city having been founded by the Huns, and the two halves of the city not being connected by land until 1849. Rome because of the history, art, and significance, and Zurich simply because it is beautiful.