As a college student, I get asked what I want to do with my life at least once a week. When answering this question, I always brave myself for the inevitable shock and disgust that pass over the faces of the questioners. I have wanted to be a forensic anthropologist since I was twelve years old. Most people have no clue what that means when I tell them and when they find out, their first reaction is to ask me why I would ever want to do that. Well, forensic anthropologists help people in ways other people cannot. We give people their lives back, tell their stories, and help families and friends understand and grieve. We solve violent crimes that otherwise might be deemed unsolvable. We provide answers.
As I enter my third year of college, I am starting to think of the future more. This is the year that I apply to the master’s program at the University of Cincinnati so that I may work on my graduate work and undergraduate work simultaneously during my senior year in hopes of finishing early. My dream is to obtain my doctoral degree from the University of Tennessee seeing as it has the best program and lab in the country. Forensic anthropology is an incredibly competitive field and only a few students are accepted each year to the program. If I ever want to achieve my dreams, I need to be the best and that is what I aim to be.