Graduate Student – University of Alaska – Anchorage
In the Spring of 2015 I graduated Longwood with a BS degree in Anthropology. I knew I wanted to attend graduate school for Cultural Anthropology, but had zero ideas on what exactly to focus.
I moved to Arizona and wound up working as an early elementary paraprofessional. I often got in trouble for letting kids play with bugs and dig holes in the dirt, but predominantly the job allowed me to see education in some of its earliest forms.
Midway through that year I got interested in the holistic education of youth and its involvement in our current school systems. I was accepted into an Applied Cultural Anthropology Master’s program at the University of Alaska – Anchorage where I will be able to pursue my interest of study while working as an anthropology TA and research assistant.
The anthropology program at Longwood not only prepared me for advancing into a fruitful future, but trained me to look at everyday human processes in wonder and appreciation. My main goal is to continue on the path towards furthering my understanding of humans whether it be through Anthropology courses, traveling to the other side of the world, or going to the grocery store.
The LU Anthropology department instilled curiosity, confidence, and motivation into my everyday learning and I will forever be grateful for that.