Claire Macht is in her first year studying for a DPhil in History and has recently been elected to sit as the Academic Officer on the MCR Committee for 2015-2016. Here she speaks to us about her first impressions of Kellogg and her intentions for her tenure as MCR Academic Officer.
I have wanted to complete a PhD ever since I completed my MA over a decade ago and, after working in business development for thirteen years, I finally found my way clear to undertake a new course of study. I was hesitant to jump right back into full time study however and completed the part-time Postgraduate Certificate in Historical Studies through the Continuing Education Department as a way to re-introduce myself into an academic environment. It was a hugely positive experience and it was through the fellows instructing the course that I first learned about Kellogg. A college that had strong links with the diverse part-time student population was very appealing and for this reason, Kellogg was my first choice. Thus far, my experience at Kellogg has lived up to my expectations.
The support from College staff has been amazing, through the administrative ins and outs and academic first steps, and all with good humour and understanding. Especially as a mature student, Kellogg is quickly becoming the place I feel most comfortable at the University: the diversity of nationalities, life experience, ages and subject interests of the student body and staff is truly inspiring.
I have recently taken up the role of Academic Officer on the MCR Committee. I hope to contribute to the continued improvement of Kellogg’s academic support of its MCR members, working with the College to develop resources such as the library collection and work space. I’m looking forward to helping Kellogg answer the needs of its unique student body.