Although Richmond does not have an Arctic Studies program, its faculty are willing and creative partners for students with internal drive. Throughout her first two years, McGee collaborated with her professors to orient research assignments and independent studies to learn more about the issues affecting the Arctic.
With their help, she identified a semester long study abroad program at Irkutsk State University in Russian Siberia. The experience led to an opportunity to serve as a youth ambassador at a major Arctic conference just above the Arctic Circle in Norway less than a year later. It was another important step toward the future she is defining for herself.
After graduating, she spent the summer doing conservation and restoration work with the Kenai Watershed Forum in Alaska and is now working at the Anchorage Museum.