Mentoring young adults who have a passion for history is an honor for our museum. Get to know our summer support, Katie and Colin, through their brief bios below:
KU Work Study Support Staff
Shared Resource in Partnership with Watkins Museum of History
History Major & French Minor
University of Kansas
What are your educational goals?
When I finish pursuing a combined bachelor's/master's in history, I intend to apply for phD programs in history with the ultimate goal of becoming a professor.
Why is being a professor your chosen career path?
I originally decided to go into academia because I am passionate about history and research and writing aspects. I am also very excited about teaching students, as I love sharing fascinating stories from history with other people.
You obviously have a passion for education.
Where did that start for you?
I was homeschooled!
What has been fun about working at a museum?
I really enjoy looking through old photographs. My favorites are the more candid shots from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Your favorite time of the day?
Mornings! I love to get up early and take my daily 6am walks.
If you could live anywhere?
If it wasn't so far from family, I would choose Ireland. I have always been fascinated with Irish history and culture. I don't think there is a place more beautiful or more perfect weather -- on earth!
BA in History and Minor in Anthropology
University of Kansas
You just graduated from KU. What's next?
I want to get accepted to a Museum Studies graduate program and receive an advanced degree.
Based on your interests, what museum would be an ideal place for you to work?
The WWI Museum and Memorial in Kansas City.
Describe your perfect day off.
I would sleep in, have a hearty brunch (ham and eggs are a must), then meet up with friends to play Dungeons and Dragons.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Salzburg, Austria. It is, quite frankly, the most beautiful city I have ever been. Not to mention that it is surrounded by the most breathtaking countryside that I have ever seen.
Who would you want to take to dinner for a stimulating conversation?
Epicurus, the ancient Greek philosopher. I would love to talk to him about his theories on physics and atoms, and how remarkably close he got compared to our current understanding. Given that he lived more than 2000 years before Einstein proved the atom existed is undeniably fascinating to me.