living the dream

Summer Gollar
Photo by Timothy D. Sofranko

By Jayna Morris
Assistant Editor, NKU Magazine

Summer Gollar (’13, ’16) loves two things: history and travel.

Lucky for Gollar, she gets to experience the best of both worlds at the Cincinnati Art Museum, where she serves as an assistant. Gollar does everything from administrative tasks and research to cataloguing exhibits and matching photographs to records.

And she wouldn’t have it any other way.

“The best part about museums is they take you all around the world while you’re inside,” she says. “Working at an art museum combines everything I enjoy in life. I get to spend my lunch breaks eating in the courtyard and other time strolling the galleries, marveling at works of art from around the world. It’s a great environment that inspires me every day. I feel like I really lucked out.”

Gollar credits her success to the faculty and staff at NKU, where she received her bachelor’s in history and master’s in public history.

“As I got closer to graduation, I couldn’t figure out what I wanted to do,” she says. “I didn’t even know public history was a possibility. NKU opened up that field for me and pushed me in that direction. The faculty and staff are some of the most caring and inspirational people I have ever met, and I am thankful that I reached out to them for advice.”

Although she was accepted to NKU’s Public History program shortly before receiving her bachelor’s degree, she decided to study abroad in Germany for a semester. She came back the following year after realizing it wasn’t a right fit.

“I love NKU,” she says. “College is such a wonderful time to grow professionally and personally. Being a student at NKU gives you both of those opportunities. You don’t see many programs offering concentrations in museum studies, and that makes it very unique. I got to put my history degree to use in a very different way compared to most others. I love how it enabled me to work in a museum amongst history, art and artifacts.”