Emily Kraft

History

I had an internship last fall 2014 through the Washington Internship Institute at the National Museum of American History. For my work at the Museum, I was also featured on the front page of the Washington Post with my supervisor!

What was your reason for coming to Daemen College?

My reasoning for coming to Daemen was mainly based on the fact that I wanted to be in small classes and still be able to live at home. I always found myself succeeding best when the environment was right and when I could form a good relationships with my teachers. This definitely came to be when I started at Daemen and still holds true. Honestly, I never imagined I would be this involved in school nor been given as many opportunities as I have but I feel I have truly been blessed and was meant to be here!

What do you aspire to be after college/what are your career plans?

This question has been coming up a lot lately since it is my last year at Daemen. It is scary for me to think about because I’ve been in school my whole life, and naturally I’ve just went to another education institution. But, after careful thought, I am going to take some time before I attend graduate school to find my passions and expand on those. I would love to continue to travel, do another internship, or work on a full-time volunteer opportunity through the Peace Corps or AmeriCorps.

Please describe your impressions of Daemen College.

My impression of Daemen is really a committed community feel. All of the professors I’ve ever had remember me by name and take the time to ask how I am doing. The school in general always has the best interest of the students in mind as well as my department specifically. It is very clear no one here is just a number and it is a very warm, welcoming environment. I don’t feel nervous or intimidated to get involved or come to classes!

Tell us about your life outside of academics: clubs, sports, hobbies, things to do around Buffalo, NY.

A lot of my outside life the past four years has been centered on Daemen and my schooling. When I can, I like to be outside: hiking, fishing, and kayaking with my family. I also really enjoy helping others, so I volunteer at my local food pantry. I also like photography, playing volleyball, and traveling when I can. I am very involved with the History and Political Science Club, AAUW Club, and Daemen Volleyball Club on campus. Lastly, I work multiple jobs that I am very involved in and do research in my spare time about internships and possible job opportunities, as well as history in general.

Please describe any internship, study abroad, service learning, or academic experience (Academic Festival or research you are working on or have worked on in the past).

In my experience here at Daemen, I have been involved with Academic Festival every year -- I do the Moot Court Mock Trial experience. I had an internship last fall 2014 through the Washington Internship Institute at the National Museum of American History. For my work at the Museum, I was also featured on the front page of the Washington Post with my supervisor. This summer I took Dr. Wise’s Poland Study Abroad trip for the service learning experience working in a local Jewish cemetery, as well as for research for my Senior Thesis. My thesis is about the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw, which I was able to visit and get the full experience. The trip was crucial for advancing my research and turned out to be very beneficial. When I returned, I was interviewed for an article in Buffalo’s Am-Pole Eagle local Polish newspaper. I also did another service learning project my sophomore year at Lafayette High School where I was an after-school tutor for Refugee students. Lastly, this year I am a first year Tour Guide on campus as well as a Campus Safety Assistant at the Academic and Wellness Center.