Fall 2017: The First Update
Hello everyone, and welcome to my website. It's my own little spot to show off what I'm up to... if anyone decides to visit. Since the school year started, I've been pretty busy! Like, ridiculously busy. Let me tell you.
We'll start with school. I'm taking three classes this semester. I'm taking Contemporary Anthropological Theory, Primate Behavior and Ecology, and Understanding Africa. Theory is difficult for me. My brain has a hard time wrapping around the concepts we're learning about. I'm trying my darndest. Primate Behavior and Ecology is a class I've been looking forward to since I got to Grand Valley. For that class I have to write a ten-page paper on a primate of my choice. I'll make a post about the monkey I chose once I've done my research... Understanding Africa is an online course, so it's a lot of reading, but it's something I'm interested in, so it's not hard to get into. I tend to spend five hours at a time sitting in a booth at the dining center and working on my homework. I do that almost every day.
Probably the most exciting thing about this semester is that I'm doing an internship at the Grand Rapids Public Museum. I'm working in Collections. One of my jobs is to look at history groups on Facebook and see if anyone has information about photos from the museum's collection. People haven't been very active yet, but when they post about the collection, I'll be there. Other than that, I do whatever the curators have for me to do. I cataloged an old phonograph on my first day. I've been working on the costume inventory for this event the museum does called Night at Your Museum. They've had me write accession numbers on the artifacts! My boss gave me a few options for a side project, and the one I think I'm going with is scanning and cataloging old photographs. Right now I'm working on photographs of buildings being built downtown Grand Rapids. Yet another thing they are letting me do is just find artifacts without adequate information in the database and research them so I can add some info. I did a PEZ dispenser recently. I think I'm going to post weekly about my favorite artifacts.
Another cool thing I have going on is a job at the GVSU Anthropology Lab. I'm a lab assistant, which means I spend five hours a week sitting in there, sorting and doing inventory on artifacts. I just started a big project where I will be sorting decorated china by where it was found, since right now it's sorted based on the type of decoration. It will take me some time and I am very excited to be working on historic artifacts. It hasn't taken me long to figure out that I'm more into historical archaeology than prehistoric. Luckily, my boss is flexible and found me a fitting project.
Now that you've made it through a few paragraphs of my professional life, I'm ready to get a little personal. I found out recently (like in the last two years) that I'm autistic. Learning this about myself has made a lot of things much easier than they always have been. I've been a lot more accepting of my mental limits. I have a lot of sensory issues that I was ignoring up until now. Fluorescent lights are my enemy. The world is so bright that I got rose-tinted glasses because they apparently soften the blow of blue light. I have sound-cancelling headphones that I wear a lot of the time. The biggest thing has been learning to listen to myself. Over the summer, I used the word "overwhelmed" to describe how I felt when I was overstimulated. I'm not going to get too detailed here.
I guess I'll touch on my gender while I'm out here. I identify as genderfluid, which means that my gender changes. Sometimes it changes for five years, and sometimes it changes for five hours. I like when people use they/them/theirs for me, but I'm not gonna be mad if you look at me, see a girl, and use she/her/hers. I'm comfortable with people seeing me as a woman, but just know that I'm not. I've been feeling more masculine lately, and I've been considering wearing my binder again. This is something that I expect to change a lot for the rest of my life. I'm growing my hair out because I feel like it would be stylish to have super long orange hair. It has nothing to do with my gender.
I started playing Dungeons and Dragons with Corbin and a couple of my friends. My character is named Zel, and he's a druid drow. His alignment is chaotic neutral. He's scared of the dark and loves butterflies. He's a gentle soul. I'll probably share pictures of him and the other characters if anyone cares about those.
I'm engaged to Corbin. We've been together since December of 2015. We're not going to get married this year or next year or probably the year after that. We're engaged because we're committed to each other, love each other more than anything, and want to spend our lives together. We're just too broke to have a wedding anytime soon. You can expect that in maybe five years.
Being a senior in college, I'm starting to really plan for my life after graduation. I am going to graduate in the spring. I'll be walking on April 27th or 28th. There's a chance I'll be taking summer classes due to some scheduling mishaps, but after that I'll be done with my undergraduate studies! I'm planning on taking a year (at least) off from school. I will hopefully score an internship at the Field Museum. If not, I'll try to do an internship at a different museum, either in Chicago or in Muskegon. The goal is to get more experience so I can get into grad school or land a job in collections in a museum. I'm looking at grad schools right now, preparing for next year when I'll apply. Part of me is hoping I can just get a good job in a museum without going to grad school, but another part of me wants to learn everything about museum studies so I can do the best job in collections as an archivist or someday a curator.