MEET A MCNAIR SCHOLAR

Emma Driggers

Why did you decide to attend Francis Marion University?

I first learned about FMU during my junior year of high school, when I was recruited to run cross country and track by Coach Bluman. I was looking for a small university where I would have many opportunities to travel, complete a double major, and be involved in a variety of activities. Once I decided to run in college, FMU was by far the best option.

Where will you study abroad.

I will study abroad at l’Université de Caen in Normandy, France.

What will your service project be?

I am planning to work with the Florence County Museum on a regional history service project that brings the community together. I have been volunteering at the Florence County Museum for the past year and a half, and the experience has really opened my eyes to the wonderful culture of the Pee Dee. I would like to bring history, the community, and the museum together in this project.

Where do you go from here?

After graduation, I plan to pursue a master’s degree in museum studies. I don’t know where I’ll go yet, but I am hoping to go somewhere in the west, northeast, or maybe even overseas. Right now, I am preparing everything I need to be ready for graduate school and planning to work within a bigger museum.

Do you have any advice for the next generation of McNair scholars?

I would suggest incoming McNairs be open to new experiences. Make the best of all the travel, organizational, career, academic, and athletic opportunities that FMU offers. The McNair Scholarship and FMU have given me all of these. I would also suggest that incoming students get involved with the Pee Dee community—there is so much to enjoy and are so many kind, gracious people. That is how I became involved with the Florence County Museum. Also, have fun at the Soulé Café coffee shop close to campus.

Emma Driggers