I have loved all the opportunities I have had to apply my studies through field trips, field school, jobs, and conducting and presenting my own research. These opportunities provided me with so much personal growth and taught me more than I could have ever picked up from being in a class room.
What was the best learning experience you had?
My best learning experience came from being able to conduct my own research authenticating Mesoamerican greenstone artifacts. This project taught me so much on how to collect and interpret data, draw conclusions, write up reports, and give presentations.
What/Who are you grateful for as you reflect on your college experience?
I am grateful for Dr. Marion Forest who really went above and beyond to help me in my education and future goals, and for Dr. James Allison who gave me an amazing job and spent a summer training me to be an archaeologist. I am also thankful for the BYU book and paper conservators who gave of their time to train me in conservation. Most of all I am grateful to my family whose love and support helped me to get to where I am today.
My time at BYU was enhanced by several experiences, such as my field school in Southern Utah where I helped excavate an Ancestral Puebloan kiva. Additionally, my jobs as a research assistant and a conservation technician taught me how to analyze and preserve artifacts, books, and documents. I also conducted my own research on Mesoamerican greenstone artifacts and used that research to write my senior thesis which I presented at BYU, UCUR and the Mary Lou Fulton Conference.
What's next for you?
In the future I look forward to the opportunity to continue my education by gaining a Masters in archaeological conservation. I plan to study conservation in Florence, Italy and then get a job preserving the ruins and artifacts that tell the story of our past - preserving them for future generations to learn from and enjoy.