So, it’s nice to give out information on what brought me to anthropology, but it is also important to share the experiences that I have had. I will waiver however that the information I share is pertinent to the college that I have attended. If you, (yes you there reading this blog) are interested in majoring in anthropology make sure you discuss it with your general advisers at the school you are, or are going to attend.
So the first experience I will talk about is working with skeletal remains. Yes, it’s a broad topic as it is something I have done all four years of my major, but it’s still something that is very important to my experiences. Because it was the first time that I got to sit down and start learning about the human skeletal system in depth that I knew I was right where I belonged. (Don’t judge me for being cliche) I can’t even explain how it is to work with skeletal remains. At first it is odd because they are humans that you are working with, but you have to detach yourself from that and realize that as long as you are respectful, you’re not doing anything wrong.
Another experience that I have had while working here was working at a summer camp teaching high school students the basics of forensic anthropology. Being able to share my knowledge on a topic that I love was an exhilarating feeling.
I also got the chance to talk to high school and middle school students at a college fair about human evolution. Being able to answer questions and hear them say “wow, this is really interesting, I may go to school for this” is a fantastic feeling.
Registering for classes is always a pain, but the professors in my school’s anthropology department were super helpful and helped lay out what I had to do each semester.
And to end on a lovely corny note, I can’t even begin to explain how many awesome friends I have gained from being an anthropology major. I mean, it’s a bunch of people who love to geek out about the same things I do. For example, several of us are very upset that we will never get to view our own skeletons. And anthropology jokes are hilarious. My professor was talking about the woman’s pelvic structure in one of my classes and she made the comment: “oh shoot, I should have brought a pelvic girdle with me” and then she laughed and said “well I guess I did, but I am kinda using it”.
No? Not funny. Maybe you don’t get it. She was talking about her own pelvic girdle.
Oh…you did get it? Well…this is awkward. I guess you just had to be there.
Moral of the story? Anthropology is awesome!