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Art, Culture, And COVID: An Irish Odyssey
TC Adams
Oakdale High School alum Tc Adams will speak about her unconventional path to achieving a Master of Arts degree, presenting her program via ZOOM to AAUW, ORE members on Thursday, March 10 at 7 p.m. Photo Contributed

When asked to describe her granddaughter, Sharon Hawley-Crum a member of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), Oakdale Riverbank Escalon Branch pointed to a framed Hallmark saying on her windowsill – “A Goal Is Just A Dream That Rolled Up Its Sleeves And Got To Work.”

That description, Sharon says, fits her granddaughter, Tc Adams, perfectly. Tc, who grew up in Oakdale, will speak via ZOOM to AAUW, ORE members on Thursday, March 10 at 7 p.m.

Having graduated from Oakdale High School and determined to further her education she enrolled in Columbia College near Sonora, getting her Associate of Arts degree in 2014. In 2017 she completed her Bachelor of Arts degree from Humboldt State University majoring in Studio Art and Art Education. In August 2019, she traveled to Cork, Ireland to begin her studies seeking a Master’s degree. She was just settled in Cork when COVID arrived. Along with many other students, Tc was required to return home to California. However, via virtual means she completed all her course work and in March of 2021, she attended the University College Cork (UCC), virtual conferring ceremony and received her Master of Arts degree in Arts Management and Creative Producing. She is the current Marketing and Promotions Coordinator/Business Development Manager with Advanced Security Systems, a locally owned security company there. Tc’s story focuses on her experiences of studying abroad, developing an internationally based inter-disciplinary arts festival, exploring dual cultures, and having a crash course in crisis management during her master’s program.

Prospective members wishing to hear Tc Adams’ story may call 1 (209) 847-0271 for information on how to attend the ZOOM meeting.

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