What is your preferred name and major(s) and minor(s)?
Brian Everitt. Major in Studio Art and a minor in Art History.
What are some of the jobs you held at McDaniel?
Graduate assistant and peer tutor for the SASS Office.
What organizations were you part of at McDaniel?
Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity,– MD MU Chapter and Eikon Techne Ekphrasis (ETE) – McDaniel’s art history honor society.
How much did you enjoy your time at McDaniel?
My story is a little unique in that I transferred twice in my college career and changed my program of study a couple of times while trying to figure out exactly what I wanted to do with my life. I initially chose McDaniel College because it was close to home and would allow me to keep my job while I attended school, but it quickly became much more than a means to an end. I really found a home at McDaniel. Through it all – my college experience has been an amazing journey of intellectual advancement and self discovery. I played quidditch, became a founding father of a social fraternity and fostered some of the best friendships that I hope will last for a lifetime.
Who do you think is/was your best mentor(s)?
For my major – Professor Katya and Professor Steve Pearson helped me the most. They pushed me to think outside of the box and helped me to realize that I shouldn’t try to create art that isn’t me. Under their tutelage I remembered how much I loved socially engaged art and installation art, which lead to my works in the senior exhibition show, Duality.
Outside of my major – My fraternity advisor Ted Chase was and continues to be an amazing mentor to me. I am truly thankful that our paths crossed. He invests so much of himself into the work that he does. So much love and care. He is a true educator and every bit a true gentleman. I am proud to call him my brother. Phi Alpha!
What are your plans for after graduation?
I am planning to attend graduate school for educational counseling, though I may take some time off to work and start my life post undergrad. I’m a substitute teacher for Carroll County Public Schools and will be actively looking for a position within the local school system.
What is your best memory at McDaniel? What is your worst memory at McDaniel?
My best memory while at McDaniel is the night that my brothers and I in SAE obtained our charter, which authorized us as a full chapter of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity national organization.
What advice can you give to those not graduating?
Don’t fret about the amount of time you spend working towards your degree. Focus on the experiences, the memories you make and your amazing friends. Cherish every minute of it and be thankful for all the little things in life. Believe me when I say, I know it sucks, and having to do another year is a total drag, but it won’t kill you. You’ll come out on top and walk across that stage having fulfilled one of your dreams.