Arts Merit Scholar
"I have really appreciated the support I have received from the art department and the way that Bucknell's community has allowed me to pursue a diverse set of interests."
Grace Toolan '13, art history and psychology
Update: After graduation, Grace wants to secure a position gaining more experience working with children before enrolling in graduate school to pursue a master's in counseling psychology.
"As an art history major I am really intrigued by abstract art and the art of Vincent Van Gogh. I find these are works of art that I can look at with a psychological perspective. I'm also a studio artist, although my style is more realistic than abstract. I think this has added an interesting perspective to my study of art history and has added to my love of both disciplines.
"I've been pushed in new creative ways since coming to Bucknell. That's because of the professors. Even if I haven't yet taken a course with someone, every face is familiar, and I know I can turn to any one of them for support. The other Arts Merit Scholars, as well as the other art history majors, are a resource, too. Most of my classes in the art department are with the same students, so we have become really close.
"I have really appreciated the support I have received from the art department and the way that Bucknell's community has allowed me to pursue a diverse set of interests. My second major, psychology is one of these interests. Through Bucknell, I did an externship with a youth mental services agency in Corning, N.Y., where I shadowed workers as they coordinated treatment and visited families in their homes. It was a firsthand look at psychology in practice. Through this externship I was able to see what job options there are in the mental health field. Now I'm considering art therapy as a career path."
Grace is from Millington, N.J.Posted March 4, 2011