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Michael Hershey

Class of 2021
Major/Minor: History and Economics

Why did you choose to attend WC?


I chose Washington College because I’ve always loved history so much I grew up in a house that is 200 years old right off the Antietam Battlefield and to go to a school in a town that was even older than that seemed fascinating. When I visited campus the first time they were so personal about my interest in history and set me up with my internship at the Starr Center where I get to work in a building that is more than 250 years old!


What do you do in your free time?


I’ve played cello for 13 years so you’ll find me in the arts center doing that all the time and if you are unfortunately enough you’ll hear me try and learn piano but that has a long way to go. The speaker series that all the departments have are always fascinating. I get to all the history speakers, but other departments outside of my major are always really cool too. I’ve seen talks ranging from Harvard Professors debuting a book about Fredrick Douglass to talks about the pros and cons of immigration to how to clean up the Chesapeake Bay (plus if you go to enough your professors will probably invite you to dinner with the speaker afterwards which is always AMAZING).  I also work as an admissions officer on top of my oral history internship, which both keep me busy, but I still have plenty of time to have fun.


What are the best kept secrets on campus?


The arts center has some of the greatest study spots. There is a room that is just full of couches, a projector and a full kitchen that I’ve been know to turn into a movie theater. Also there is a conference room upstairs for more serious group studying. The boat house is an awesome spot that not enough people take advantage of but every day the weather is nice my friends and I love taking out kayaks and paddle boards and finding beaches along the Chester River to explore.

Campus Involvement

Kappa Sigma Fraternity

Adventure Club

Melophilia String Trio

Starr Center Oral History Intern

George’s General