When I started at Bryn Mawr, I thought I was going to be
an archaeologist. I loved history I loved objects of people’s past and I was fortunate enough to
go on a dig the summer after my first year and realized that the dirt wasn’t for me but the history and the past still was. So I switched gears a little bit to study biological anthropology, but the idea
is still the same understanding people and their personal histories; their lived histories. My first year here I took a forensic anthropology class and we had a hands-on assignment where
we went to the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Anthropology and we were just given a skeleton. And the assignment was, basically, tell me everything about these remains. So not only did I find out that this was a young woman who had had children and broken ribs but I learned about her history and the experience she had several thousand years before me across the globe you know when you study culture there’s a lot of nuance to it. By studying culture in anthropology we really see not only the way people live, the way that they look at the world. But also we start to learn how we can ethically study people, as well, how we can be informed in our research to make sure that we’re respecting people, knowing about their cultures and properly portraying them.