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After wildfires go through the area (Crater Lake National Park), we are deployed to look for any uncovered archaeological features previously obscured by the burned away underbrush.
How has Dickinson prepared you for your future?
The archaeology department has prepared me well for a career as a professional archaeologist. The required methods courses, field school and departmental research opportunities have given me the skills to set me apart from other undergraduate archaeology majors.
National Forest Service, Newberry National Monument Interpretive Park Ranger: I spent the summer living on a volcano, speaking to the public about geology, ecology and archaeology as an interpretive park ranger for the National Forest Service. I also worked at a volcanic cave, giving orientations about bats and white nose syndrome, as well as conducting safety sweeps of the mile-long underground cave.
What are you most anticipating about your future?
Working as a professional archaeologist is something I've wanted for a long time, and I'm especially excited to be able to live and work in such a gorgeous area. Other than that, I'm excited to make my long-distance relationship a normal-distance relationship.
What are some of the defining moments of your Dickinson experience?
I met my best friend on Pre-Orientation Move-In Day our first year. It was best-friend love at first sight, and she has shaped my time at Dickinson in more ways than I can count. I would also define my semester spent abroad living in Denmark with my host family as one of my most impressionable moments, even though it was spent away from Dickinson. I feel as though my time spent abroad truly forced me to grow as an adult and a person.
Published April 3, 2018