Alumni Tale: Rose Phipps ’14

What did you study at UNH?

History and Art History

What were you doing 1 year out of college?

1 year out of college I was working as a paralegal at a law firm in Boston. During that first year out, I ended up quitting that first job, working at an art museum in Newport, RI for a little bit, and then going back to Boston to work at another law firm. I struggled a little bit to find my way. In that time, my mentor and honors thesis advisor from UNH helped me figure out what I wanted to do, and made me realize that law school was still where I wanted to end up. She was and is invaluable to me, especially during that first year out of college. I also kept in touch with a few of my other professors. They were always available to me when I needed them and extremely helpful in guiding me along my path.

What were you doing 5 years out of college?

5 years out of college will be next year, for me. I’ll be finishing up my 3rd year in law school. After graduation, I’ll be moving back to the northeast (I’m at Emory Law in Atlanta, GA) to Boston to work at a law firm as a first-year associate.

What are you doing now?

I’m a second-year law student at Emory Law in Atlanta, GA. The path I’ve taken is not quite related to my majors of Art History and History at UNH, but I always knew I wanted to go to law school (I did have a bit of a journey getting there, though).

Did you have an international experience (study, research, internship or volunteer abroad) while at UNH?

I participated in UNH’s London program.

How do you feel your time at UNH has had an impact on where you are today?

UNH gave me the opportunity to study subjects I am passionate about in a setting which I was really able to tailor to my liking. The great thing about the history and art history departments at UNH are their small sizes. I was able to develop close relationships with my professors, engage in interesting and original research, delve into subjects, take graduate-level courses, and really hone my research, writing, and thinking skills (which have proven invaluable in law school).

Why do you believe in UNH?

I believe in UNH because of the faculty. I might be unique, but I had an especially extraordinary experience with the faculty at UNH. By the end of my time at UNH, I personally knew a large chunk of the history department. If I didn’t get the chance to directly take their courses (of which they were all experts in the subject matter), I made sure to at least chit chat with them at different department functions. They are truly a wonderful bunch.