I came to SIUE in the fall of 2001 after completing two years of study at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois. I had always been interested in Archaeology, and was interested in pursuing a career in Egyptology. At SIUE I focused on Archaeology, and became quite interested in Illinois Archaeology while studying under Dr. Holt. In the summer of 2002, I got the opportunity to participate in Dr. Holt’s field school at the A.E. Harmon Site (11MS136), which was a fantastic learning experience. The following school year was my senior year and I spent this time working for Dr. Holt as a Flotation Assistant processing the flotation samples that we had collected from the site. I later analyzed artifacts found in the pit structures at our field school site and used this data as part of my senior assignment entitled, “Prehistoric Pit Structures at the A.E. Harmon Site (11MS136).”
I graduated in 2003 with a B.A. in Anthropology and a minor in Art History. That fall, I attended the Midwest Archaeological Conference in Milwaukee where Dr. Holt presented a paper she had co-written with two other students and me on the A.E. Harmon Site. The article based on this paper, “Late Woodland-Emergent Mississippian Occupation and Plant Use at the AE Harmon Site (11MS136) was published in the spring 2010 issue of the Midcontinental Journal of Archaeology.
I began working for a Contract Archaeology company during the spring of 2003 as an Archaeological Assistant, focusing on lab work. In 2005, after two years of employment, they decided to let me go, which soured my opinion of Contract Archaeology. I still love Archaeology, but I did not have any luck finding a rewarding, long-term position in the field.
In the years that followed I did a great deal of soul-searching to determine what else I could do with my life that I would love as much as I loved Archaeology. I decided on a career in health care, and more specifically Pharmacy. In 2009 I was accepted into SIUE’s School of Pharmacy, and have just passed the half-way point (only 2 more years left to go). Currently I am living in Collinsville, working part time as a pharmacy technician, and attending Pharmacy School full time. My fiancé and I are currently planning our wedding in the U.S. Virgin Islands for November 28, 2012.