Finding Greatness: Chip Fulcher

Author: News Bureau
Posted: Wednesday, August 12, 2020 12:00 AM
Categories: Students | Pressroom | Finding Greatness | School of Arts and Letters

Macon, GA


U.S. Army veteran Chip Fulcher is now completing his B.A. in history from MGA with the goal of becoming a military historian.

Full Name: Chip Aaron Fulcher.

Age: 35.

Hometown: Fairbury, Nebraska.

Residence: Macon.

High School: Fairbury High School, Fairbury Nebraska, Class of 2004.

Family: “My mother and my sister have been very important to me and my education. My mother, Betty McLain, raised me as a single parent and instilled in me the desire to be honest and work hard. My sister, Marguerite McBride, has shown me that success can come at any age.”

Employment: Full time student, part-time O’Reilly Auto Parts employee. “I was in the U.S. Army for four and a half years.”

Degree Objective: Bachelor of Arts in History.

Class Rank: Senior.

Activities: “I am the treasurer of the History Student Organization and was a tutor for the MGA history department. Outside of school I am active in politics and a supporter of BLM whenever possible. My personal hobbies include going to the gym and rebuilding motorcycles.”

Career Goals: “My current career goal is to become involved in government historian projects, particularly as a military historian attached to a unit or to a museum. I intend to get a better understanding of the United States and its history and politics and relationships with other nations and hopefully use that information to help educate. We need to educate more Americans about accurate history and help remove the pseudo/popular histories that are very biased in today’s culture.”

He chose Middle Georgia State University because … “I was moving closer to home to be near my family and friends. The affordability of MGA stood out to me, but after I enrolled I was impressed with the quality of the history department.”  

The greatest thing he discovered about Middle Georgia State was … “The quality of the professors and the diversity of opinions among history majors. The professors are impressive and inspiring.  Every professor I have worked with has been very devoted to their chosen area of history and has impressive accomplishments in academia. Every professor has been influential in expanding my idea of how researching history can and should work.”  

His greatest academic experience at Middle Georgia State has been … “A research practicum course. This course was a challenge due to its independent nature. The one-on-one mentorship I received from my professor helped me grow more than any other class so far. It was also quite memorable and difficult due to the issues everyone has faced this year.”

To him, greatness is … “Maximum effort and consistency. This means doing every project to the best of your ability and staying on top of it. This also means also means recognizing when to take a break and step away from your work. Relaxation is just as important as putting the nose to the grindstone. Never stop pursuing what you love to do. Once you find it, everything else will take care of itself.”

In five years … “I hope to see myself healthier than I am now and successfully grounded within the field of history. Where on this planet that might be will be anyone’s guess, but as long as I find interesting work anyplace is fine with me. With any luck I will be well on the way to completing my first book.”