Emily Crichton O’Hara

Year:
2006
Major:
Art; minor in Art History; member, Honors Program
Graduate/Professional School:
M.A., Johns Hopkins Univ.
Residence:
Boston, Mass.
Career:
Exhibit Content Developer, Museum of Science, Boston
In a nutshell, what do you do?
I envision possible visitor experiences, distill expert knowledge into digestible content, and work on teams to build exhibits that excite people about science.
What are you working on right now?
I am the lead content developer for a 3,000-square-foot exhibition about the innovations and impact of human engineering in the Charles River Watershed, scheduled to open in December 2015.
Why do you love what you do?
I get to learn new things every day. In my job, I play the role of a museum visitor, learning about current research and finding the nuggets that will really excite our visitors. My goal is to inspire them to explore more about science and the world around them after they have left the museum.
How did Albion help you get there?
While at Albion, I had the ability to take classes in a multitude of fields. Even though I was an art major, also taking classes in math and science helped me gain a broad knowledge base. I was also able to participate in a museum internship my senior year. Together, these experiences have given me the ability to communicate with scientists and translate their expert understanding of a topic to a larger audience of general museum visitors.
For me, Albion...
...provided opportunities to explore the world beyond my passions, encouraged me to stretch my mind to places where it was uncomfortable, and put me in situations where I had to clearly articulate my ideas. These experiences gave me the foundation on which I have built my current career.
Anything else you’d like to add?
Students should take advantage of the opportunities that come with a liberal arts education. Even though the world sometimes projects a specialist education as the only option, you will end up competing for jobs with people who look exactly like you on paper. At a liberal arts college, you will be pushed outside your comfort zone and this will empower you more than you can imagine—you may find connections that strengthen your understanding or reveal a new way of looking at problems in your own field, or even discover a new path that interests you. These are vital skills that you will need to be successful after college.

Take It Further: Museum of Science, Boston; Art and Art History Department; Prentiss M. Brown Honors Program