The Dead Do Tell Tales: My Goals as a Bioarchaeologist

Scholarship Entrant: Gina from Berkeley, CA
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
Vote for Gina: 97

I am an anthropology student studying to become a bioarchaeologist. I study and analyze the bones of past peoples to better understand the lives that they led. Often, these people did not leave anything more behind than the information in their bones. They were the common people, left out of the history books or merely noted as the subjects of high-profile leaders. Their stories were never told. I am one of the privileged few who has the opportunity to bring their stories to light, hundreds or thousands of years later.

If I could earn a living doing what I love most—researching, learning, and teaching—it would change the world for the better. I would get to be the voice for those who can no longer speak, tell the stories of the lives of past peoples, and bring better understanding to currently unknown areas of history and prehistory.

To make my dreams a reality, I have set the following goals: complete an undergraduate senior research honors thesis, attend graduate school, earn a PhD, and ultimately, become a professor at a research institution. With these goals, my dreams have the capacity to extend further than my own curiosities; my research will inform the next generation of students and even has the capability to engage the general public. We will all benefit from a better understanding of the world we share and the peoples who have lived before us.

Vote for Gina: 97

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