Jessica Fields – ’08 Anthropology

powhatan Jessica Fields

Education Assistant – Henricus Historical Park

After graduating in 2008 with a BA in Anthropology, I wasn’t sure where to go from there. Grad school wasn’t in the cards financially, and where I lived wasn’t going to produce much in the way of jobs in the field. I worked with a Cultural Resource Management (CRM) firm briefly, but ended up doing what a lot of poor college graduates do – working in food service.

But that isn’t to say that the skills I learned during my tenure at Longwood have gone unused! I learned to¬†talk to people, to get their stories. Each new person I met was a tiny case study in cultural anthropology.

For the past year or so, I have been working at Henricus Historical Park in Chester, first as the Native American Interpreter and currently as an Educator. As the Native Interpreter, I used the skills I learned from my anthropology classes and Prim Tech weekends to show how the Powhatan Indians used their environment; working now in the Education department, I use primary sources from early colonial Virginia to create lesson plans and teach students ages Pre-K through High School and even some college and adult groups.

Without a doubt my time in Anthropology at Longwood has helped me hone skills that I use every day, both at work and socially. Without Dr. Bates, Dr. Jordan and Dr. Dalton, I don’t know where I would be today. I’m pretty darn happy where I am now.

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