Grace says that "my childhood home inspired my love of history. Built in 1747 and inhabited by Coast Guard co-founder Captain Frederick Lee (and founder of my hometown, Madison, Connecticut), the intricate stories and history I grew up alongside made it an easy decision to pursue a major focusing on American history at St. Lawrence." While studying for a semester in Europe, she used an enrichment grant from the Center for International and Intercultural Studies to travel with an FYP friend to Venice, Italy. They met with a PCA professor who teaches a summer course there to tour the city and "discuss the influence and history of Venice's public sphere," thus uniting Grace's study of history and communication. She calls this "a truly magical hands on learning experience I would never get anywhere else." Her work in her senior-year experience seminar writing historical fiction is "the highlight of my history career at SLU."