Name: Michael Chase Freeman
Hometown: Richmond Hill, Georgia
Degree: Bachelor of Liberal Studies
Graduation Date: December 2017
Michael Chase Freeman, who will Finish Strong with a Liberal Studies degree and minors in Biology and Anthropology on December 9, chose Armstrong for its walkable campus and tailor-made coursework.
However, during his time here, he grew to appreciate the power of Armstrong’s learning experiences and dedicated faculty members.
“I love the small classes and the close student-professor relationships that result from them,” notes Freeman. “I've enjoyed my professors, which I believe is what makes or breaks a college experience.”
As a research assistant to Biology professor Paul Dunn, Ph.D., and Anthropology professor Laura Seifert, Freeman had the unique opportunity to act as field manager for an archaeological site project located on the grounds of Savannah’s 1880s Benedictine Monastery and Freedmen’s School.
The Skidaway Island site was once home to a school for Georgia’s freed slaves and now serves as an off-campus classroom for Seifert’s program, Digging Savannah, which engages students in solving the problem of archaeological site loss throughout Savannah. On location, Freeman processed, cleaned and archived artifacts, and performed hands-on work like reconstructing a glass oil lamp. Following that, he researched numerous artifacts discovered on site and investigated deed exchanges.
“I've benefited from professors,” he says. “They have all been very open to my questions about what to do after college, and directions to take for job opportunities. They've also been incredibly helpful in helping me shape my education by providing me with excellent opportunities inside and outside of classes.”
As a member of the Honors Program and the National Society of Leadership and Success, Freeman also performed on the university’s stage in “Dramarama” and presented research to peers and professors at the Student Scholars Symposium.
Armed with a well-rounded undergraduate experience and hopes of traveling after commencement, his future is bright.
“I'm planning on pursuing my career in Anthropology by gaining more experience in the field,” he says. “But I'll come back for graduate school.”