Discuss your general career path since graduating from UT.
Upon graduation, I enrolled in a master’s program at UT’s School of Information to pursue my interests in design, cultural representation, and management within the context of museums and archives. After completing this degree, I jumped over to UT’s Latin American Studies program, where I wrote my master’s thesis on book censorship in 16th-century Mexico. I have now moved on to a PhD program in history. All the while, I have been employed as the Film Curatorial Assistant at the Harry Ransom Center.
How did your BDP experience influence your career path and interests?
I can honestly say that my BDP experience was the cornerstone of my academic and professional trajectory post graduation. It gave me the opportunity to explore those elements of my majors that most interested me so that I could define my career aspirations.
What do you value most about your BDP experience?
Faculty mentorship in my research pursuits proved to be the most valuable aspect of my BDP experience. The program provided a platform and resources for me to connect with Dr. Mariah Wade, my then anthropology professor and current professional mentor.
In what ways did an interdisciplinary education prepare you for what you are currently doing?
For the past three years, I have been conducting research that will be published this fall, and co-organizing a gallery exhibition at the Harry Ransom Center that will open September 2014. Through the BDP’s internship and research opportunities, I attained the rudimentary analytical and technical skills needed to undertake and accomplish these milestones.