Working Group on Lived Religion in Eastern Europe and Eurasia
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Nicole Kruse

Liberal Arts Majors: History, Italian
Hometown: Stormville, New York
Experience Time: Fall 2022

Give us a brief summary of your experience?

In this role, I worked alongside Professor Wanner with The Working Group, which is a research network of scholars, based throughout numerous countries, who engage in interdisciplinary study of the intersection of religion and public life in Eastern Europe and Eurasia. I worked to maintain the working group's website, and ensured that all events, both hybrid, remote, and in-person ran smoothly by providing technological support.

How did this experience impact you academically?

In this role I regularly looked forward to learning more about historical research, while also learning about modern research practices in this field, while broadening my own understanding of Eastern Europe and Eurasia. I obtained course credit for this experience, and broadened my understanding of history in fields I would normally not have been exposed to. I have especially appreciated hearing first hand from researchers.

"I believe this experience to be critical to my own professional development, as well as a guiding experience for the next steps in my professional journey."

How will this experience impact your career goals?

At this time, I am unsure of whether or not I will be pursuing higher academia or law school, and believe this experience to be critical to my own professional development, as well as a guiding experience for the next steps in my professional journey.

How has the College of the Liberal Arts helped you to find and/or succeed in this experience (e.g., adviser, faculty, staff, enrichment funds, etc.)?

Dr. Wanner has been a great support during this role, and I enjoy working with her as a team to ensure the success of the Working Group and its researchers. The College of Liberal Arts has helped me elevate my internship experience through enrichment funding which did cover many living expenses, allowing me to pursue my internship without worrying over cost expenses since I would not receive compensation until the end of the semester.

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