Why did you choose your major?
I had a degree in interior design, spent a year as an architecture major and decided I wanted to do preservation. I fell in love with the history requirements for the program and changed my major to focus on public history.
What excites you about your future?
I’d love to use my experiences to educate the public and restore the interior of buildings (their colors and artifacts), bringing them true to the period. My goal would be to design an interior that is museum quality without being sterile and then help educate and reconnect people with the story of the past.
It’s never too late to pursue your dreams. At UMKC you have the opportunity to do what you want to do even if you are 40 years old and a mother of three.
Have your professors made an impact on you?
Witnessing people who still feel so passionate about history helps to stir within you the beauty that can be in the past. My professors helped me to have enough curiosity, intrigue and grit to see it.