I think that I have always been interested in history, but it wasn’t until high school that I started to recognize it. At some point I consciously realized that most of my electives were in history and I started seriously thinking about pursuing history as a career. I discovered public history when I was at freshman orientation- they explained to me what it was and suddenly I now had not only a word, but a subject of study that defined what I was interested in. While I ended up not completing the emphasis for various reasons during my undergrad, that did not stop me. I completed my undergrad at the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse with a BA in History and a minor in photography and then decided to pack up and move half-way across the country to pursue and MA in Public History at Central Connecticut State University (CCSU).
I have as much passion for photography as I do for history, and in my photography, I like to mix mediums. I like to include painting, drawing, and/or 3D aspects in my art. I mention this because I think that having that mindset can and should be carried over into public history because it is an interdisciplinary field. My hope is that digital history will introduce me to another way to study and present history, as well as allow me to channel my creativity. I am always looking for ways to connect my interests and put them to good use.
I have a lot of experience with social media. I am active on Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, and Twitter and, although not really considered social media, I am well versed in Snapchat and WhatsApp messaging services. I also am somewhat active in the Reddit community and because of my background in photography, I have a working knowledge of both Lightroom and Photoshop. In the past, I have thought about and tried blogging, but eventually gave up after just a few posts. While I am on these sites for personal use, I am hoping that this class will help me develop the skills to utilize them professionally as well.
[Blog header photo was taken by Amirah Neely: Bugøynes, Norway, November 28, 2015]