What’s the best way to prevent history from repeating itself? According to Griffin Bates ’19, you must study it, discuss it, and try to understand it.
“I love thinking about how people felt, or why they did certain things in different time periods,” said Griffin. “In order for us to understand why things happened, we need to compare the present and the past.”
When Griffin enrolled at SUNY Corning Community College, he brought his love for military and world history, museums, and reading along with him. He majored in liberal arts and sciences: humanities and social sciences, allowing him the opportunity to immerse himself in many subjects.
“The resources SUNY CCC have are amazing, especially the library. It’s filled with endless information and things to study,” said the Bath, N.Y., native. “The faculty here have also helped me learn how to critically think and expand my mind.”
According to SUNY CCC Associate Professor of Music Loueda Bleiler, Griffin has an insatiable curiosity.
“Once Griffin has chased down a new, interesting item, he loves to share it with everyone around him,” said Loueda. “He is optimistic, engaging, and generous with kind words. Griffin brightens up our campus.”
After graduation in May, Griffin will return to his job at the Corning Museum of Glass. He is in the explainer program, which gives him the opportunity to work in the museum and with the public – his two favorite things. Eventually, Griffin plans to pursue his bachelor’s degree in museum studies.
“I absolutely love being able to interact with the public, especially when I have the opportunity to teach them about history,” said Griffin.
Griffin’s desire to help educate people stems from his parents, who are both teachers.
“I understand and appreciate all of the things that teachers do,” said Griffin. “It’s really important, and it’s where my love for helping people comes from.”
Griffin is looking forward to getting back to CMOG full time and intends to begin working at other local museums in the community.