Growing up everyone asks you “what do you want to be when you grow up?” When I was four, my answer was simple; I wanted to be a dog. I kept this going for a few years. Sadly, I have giving up on my pursuit of being a canine. If I could do anything in the world it would be an archivist for the National Archives and Records Administration. As an archivist, you help preserve documents and items that have been deemed important. Those items or documents helped shape our past. To be part of something so important to American history would be amazing. You would change the world by saving history. Without the records of our past we would not how we arrived at our present. History can provide us with an understanding of whom we are and where we came from. A personal example of history helping us understand ourselves would be when I was doing my family genealogy. I discovered that one side of my family were slave owners but during the same time, in the same state the other side of my family were slaves. Without an archivist preserving those records I would not know that part of my past. Even though my example is not as significant as preserving the Declaration of Independence, it shows how being an archivist can change the world even if it is for one person.