I remember the day I fell in love with history. It was the day I took my Advanced Placement United States History exam. For two hours, I put in writing everything I knew about history; from politics to changes in American social culture. I knew I was prepared for the exam as I studied diligently for months. After successfully completing the exam, I became excited about everything and anything that had to do with preserving the past.
The turning point in my career came in my senior seminar course of my undergraduate program at the College of Charleston. The required readings covered interpretation practices and theories from various countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Japan. For my final project, I was asked to use multiple interpretation theories to create a new and innovative way to educate the public. Since I was also serving as the after-school coordinator for the Avery Research Center, my project involved creating lesson plans explaining slavery to my 7th-grade students. The positive feedback from the students and my professor led me to once again redirect my focus. Although the preservation program gave me great examples of how to preserve history, I knew individuals, like my 7th-grade students or even their parents, would never have that same exposure.My new goal was to save the history I was so passionate about and share it with as many people as possible.
Always remember your voice is valuable and your presence has purpose.