Why did you choose graduate school at IUPUI?
The IUPUI Museum Studies program drew me in with its multi-disciplinary approach to educating future museum professionals and emphasis on social awareness and community engagement. I had always known what I wanted to study in graduate school, so I was happy to find a program that had everything I was looking for. Additionally, the resources and support from the University have been amazing. My undergraduate experience was at a much smaller school in a much smaller town, and while that has its benefits I couldn’t be more grateful for the environment and connections I’ve been offered here.
What has been your favorite academic accomplishment since you’ve been here?
My favorite experience at IUPUI so far has been completing and installing an exhibit in the Basile Gallery with my exhibit planning and design class. It was a new experience for all of us and the constraints of the pandemic certainly introduced a few roadblocks. It was excellent practice for a future of rolling with the punches, and I know I learned more about that process than I would have had everything gone exactly as originally planned. Regardless of any imperfections, I’m incredibly proud of my team, class, and everything we were able to accomplish.
What do you enjoy most about life in Indianapolis?
The best part about living in Indianapolis so far has been the opportunity to really focus on and appreciate the little things. Some days it’s the grocery store within walking distance and others it’s the fact that there’s almost never any complete silence. I’m sure a lot of us have been spending more time alone than ever before, and I’ve taken that as an opportunity to fill the void with a better understanding of myself and what it means to be part of a community. It may seem excessively abstract or like I’m trying too hard to be profound, but life in Indy so far has really been about accepting not the loss of normalcy but the opportunity to redecide what normal is.
Please provide some details about your work/research as a graduate student and/or any activities you are involved in.
My main activity this year has been wearing my mask and staying inside. It’s been a good time to pick up some new skills and knowledge that I’m bringing with me when I re-enter the real world. I’m looking into some volunteer opportunities for the Summer and am excited to start as the Curatorial Fellow in the Cultural Arts Gallery in the Campus Center. I’ve actually been interesting in curating for a collegiate audience in particular, and I am looking forward to the chance to work with other IUPUI students.