Abby earned an art history degree from Missouri State. When she graduated, she joined
the university’s “Lifelong Student” program. A small annual subscription allows Abby
to take classes at the university at no cost or at a substantially reduced cost.
The program starts at a very low cost, increases marginally through mid-career, and
then decreases until it becomes free at age 55.
After graduation, Abby started working as a sales associate in the gift shop at the
St. Louis Art Museum while volunteering as a docent at the museum. She worked in the
position for a few years and then transferred to a position as a museum technician.
Abby learned that she really enjoyed the business aspects of the museum. She started
thinking about moving into the administrative areas of running a museum. Using the
Lifelong Student program, Abby started taking business classes through the College
When an assistant director position opened at the Campbell House Museum, she applied
and got the position. She decided to pursue the Management Graduate Certificate to
learn more about ways to manage resources, analyze needs and set goals.
After several years, Abby and a co-worker decided they wanted to open their own art
boutique. The Entrepreneurship Graduate Certificate was the ideal program to prepare
Abby and her partner now run a successful art boutique in the Central West End. The
Lifelong Student program helped prepare her to find a fulfilling career that combines
her love of art and entrepreneurial spirit.