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Student Profile: Cadi Duncan

by Web on February 17, 2015


Cadi Duncan works as an intern at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History where she focuses on designing activities for children that meet educational standards.

Duncan, a Millsaps College junior from Kosciusko majoring in art history, is currently creating line drawings for a winter holiday packet for the museum. Before the end of the semester, she will plan a lesson plan on a topic she selects or create an activity packet for a film of her choice. She’ll also lend support for a spring teachers workshop, Teach for America visitors, the Old Capitol Museum’s Gathering on the Green, and a Black History Month program.

Duncan is gaining valuable experience in the field she sees as her niche after graduation in 2016. She plans to attend graduate school and earn a master’s degree in either art history or museum studies and then work in the education department of a museum.

Dr. Elise L. Smith, professor of art, has been especially influential in Duncan’s development as a scholar. Smith’s consistent involvement in new research projects has taught Duncan to be constantly hungry for knowledge.

“Dr. Smith is so incredibly helpful and supportive,” said Duncan. “She will go to any lengths to help her students understand the complexities of each and every painting.”

Involved in many facets of campus life, Duncan is a leader for the new student program known as Foundations and a member of Art Club, College Republicans, 1C1C Leadership Team, and Kappa Pi. She also serves as president of Kappa Delta sorority.  

Duncan said experiences at Millsaps on and off campus have made her more confident. One day she may be found digging around the archives at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History just to find a primary source about William Faulkner, and the next day she may be driving international students to Target for groceries.

The breadth of opportunities and the supportive community that Millsaps offers makes it a perfect fit, Duncan said. She originally planned to attend a state school, but after visiting Millsaps with one of her high school friends (now a junior at Millsaps as well) she knew she belonged here. “When I went on tours of other schools, I felt anonymous and lost in the crowd, but my experience was completely different at Millsaps,” Duncan said. “Everyone I met was genuinely invested in me as a person and as a student.”

Duncan said all of her classes have a small number of students, which makes it easy to participate in discussions and ask questions, and the legacy of Millsaps professors taking a real interest in the success of each student is true.

Millsaps has provided Duncan with formative experiences and opportunities that have played a crucial role in her development not only as a scholar, but also as an individual.  

“I have learned so much about myself and what I want to get out of life just by trying new things that I couldn’t have done anywhere else,” Duncan said. “I have come to realize that I simply would not be the person I am today if it wasn’t for Millsaps’ incredible faculty and staff constantly pushing me to do my best in all aspects of my life.”

- Lauren Abramson, Class of 2015