Amber Will, Class of 2012

What are you doing now?

I just finished my first of four years at the College of William and Mary, where I’m working on a Masters in Public Policy as well as my Juris Doctor.

What is your best memory associated with the Valpo history department?

During a History of Homelessness class with Professor Bloom, we got to take two mini field trips in order to help us understand the experience of homelessness in Valpo.  We went to both a temporary housing center and a day shelter to talk with the coordinators, and even met some of the people.  That experience helped change my perspective and recognize my own implicit biases towards the homeless.  I have since volunteered at the homeless shelter program in Williamsburg, Virginia, and talked about my experiences with many people who shared my previous stereotypes about the homeless.  I am very thankful for these experiences and for being able to work with Professor Bloom on a subsequent thesis.

Any additional comments?

I will forever be amazed at Professor Ostoyich’s lectures.  Not once did he look at notes and not once did he pause.  He is truly a phenomenal professor that challenged me and helped me realize my potential.