Graduate Spotlight: Kallie May McDaniel

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Kallie May McDaniel

Kallie May McDaniel, a 2021 graduate of Mercer University‘s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, history and French.

What are your plans after graduation?

After graduation, I will be pursuing my J.D. at the University of Maryland Carey Law School in Baltimore.

Who was your favorite professor and why? 

My favorite professor was Dr. Abigail Dowling in the history department. She is an amazing professor, and I really enjoyed taking her classes. She was also a great resource outside of class and really does care about her students. Dr. Dowling is the reason I decided to add a history major to my studies, and I’m so thankful that she encouraged that pursuit.

What was your favorite class and why?

My favorite class was Great Books 407. The texts we read in that class were some of the most thought-provoking and eye-opening I have ever read, and I really enjoyed getting to discuss them in such a small classroom setting.

What advice do you have for incoming students?

My advice to incoming students is to not be afraid to change your major. While you might feel like four years isn’t too long of a time to do something you don’t enjoy, spending the rest of your life doing something you don’t enjoy would be too long. I changed my major really early on, and it definitely changed the trajectory of my Mercer experience for the better.

How did Mercer prepare you for your future?

Mercer prepared me for the future by giving me tools to grow as an academic. I chose Mercer because of the smaller class sizes and opportunities for research. Taking advantage of those perks really added depth to my Mercer experience. While I’m a little nervous for the challenges of law school, I definitely feel prepared for the workload and the rigor of writing because of my time as a Bear.

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