Hello, I’m The Adventurous Archivist. I’ve decided to start this blog entry with an introduction about my life before I began grad school.
I was raised in the Midwest until I was in the Fourth grade. During my Fourth grade year, my family moved to South Texas, where I grew up, and graduated from high school in the early 2000s. I attended college at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire where I majored in History with a concentration in Russia/Eastern Europe. After college, I moved around quite a bit, first to Washington D.C., then back to Wisconsin, then to Seattle, Washington, then back to Washington D.C., then to North Carolina, and then finally back to Wisconsin (yet again). I know, it was exhausting.
During this time period, aka my mid to late 20s, I lived with various relatives, and was in and out of employment. By the way, none of the jobs I had had anything to do with my BA in history. Those jobs were just a way to have some cash flowing into my bank account. For the most part, my co workers were pleasant to be around (with one or two exceptions, but then again, we’ve all unfortunately had to deal with shitty people, right?) and the work was ok. It wasn’t fulfilling though, and I wasn’t feeling intellectually challenged or stimulated.
Ultimately, I decided to go to graduate school with the hope of one day finding a job that was in my field, would allow me to utilize my degree, and would provide me with some level of financial security. And, after almost a year on the job hunt (including half a dozen interviews and too many rejection emails to count), I’ve finally landed my first job out of grad school. But I’m getting ahead of myself. More on that later. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my introduction, and I look forward to writing more in the future 🙂