Brr – it’s cold in here! But, while the lake in Cooperstown is freezing over, my last and final semester of graduate school is heating up! These next few months I will be stretching my wings, trying a few new things, and getting ready for the upcoming job search. I will be working on an exhibition plan for the historic Damaschke Field in Oneonta, NY. Our client is looking to construct a history of baseball exhibit and include players that moved from the minors to the major league after coming through the field. I will get to test out my research, design, and creativity skills as we race against the clock to construct an exhibit plan that will be presented to funders this summer. Besides evaluation, this is my first exhibit experience and I’m pumped!
In addition to exhibits, I will also be interning at the New York State Historical Association and working with the first year students on evaluation. I’ll be training and managing a visitor studies “survey and interview” initiative for the organization’s Native American interpretive site, Otsego: A Meeting Place (sound familiar? I crafted this experience based on my summer at the Field Museum). In my spare time, I will be finishing my thesis, learning SPSS, taking a marketing class, presenting at my first conference (!!), helping to write a few grants, planning the Institute for Cultural Entrepreneurship, searching for jobs, applying for jobs, interviewing for jobs (hopefully), helping to coordinate a graduation, and perfecting my rock climbing form. Phew! Ready, set, GO!