Alumni Tale: Elizabeth Lapan ’09

What did you study at UNH?

Art HistoryInternational Business & Economics

What were you doing 1 year out of college?

Working in the seacoast – trying to figure out what was next!

What were you doing 5 years out of college?

Beginning a personal and career transition out of New England to the West coast. Working as an entrepreneur. Volunteering at a local children’s museum in my community. Longing to get back to school and an academic environment and thusly studying for the GRE so that I could apply to graduate school.

What were you doing 10 years out of college?

Haven’t quite hit that mark yet, but I hope I will be wrapping up my studies at Tulane University (should I be accepted this Spring to their MFA program in Sculpture).

What are you doing now?

Working working working! Moved with my husband to the panhandle of Florida and have been with an interior design firm here for nearly 3 years now. Project managing our client jobs and helping to run the showroom we operate from. My work/life balance is not necessarily optimal at the moment but I am challenging myself to do better at leaving work at work!

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

Yes! Was very fortunate to be able to study abroad twice. Once during the summer following my Junior year – in London on an IROP grant. And the subsequently after I graduated from my Undergrad, I spent the summer in the Painting in Ascoli program run by the art department.

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

I think my college experience was invaluable to my finding my way to where I am today. I was extremely fortunate that a few professors stuck their necks out for me while I was in school and really asked me some of the tough questions that forced me to work harder to find the most value in my time there. I loved the campus and the resources we were fortunate to have access to — and if someday I could end up back on that campus teaching I would consider myself extremely fortunate.

Why do you believe in UNH?

Because I think many of the professors working there value the interdependency of disciplines. I always found it very inspiring to think about and see in action the way that they crossed paths with one another and the interest and respect they had for the other’s input.