I really like looking at our artifact collection – as an alumna, this Go Deacs hat is my jam. But most collections have informational (research) or artifactual (“look at this!”) value – or both. The items we provide access to can be used in ways that I can’t dream up. It’s always cool to see how people apply our holdings to their work or studies!
Do you have a *dream collection*, in terms of archival work? What collection would you love to work with?
I’ve always said that I would love to work for Oprah. She has had such an effect on so many different communities over the years, I bet the things that she has collected reflect that diversity. Oprah, call me! That said, all our collections contain compelling information or provide value. We may think we don’t have much in common with a Baptist missionary, but collections prove me wrong all the time. Old letters often contain lines that stick in my mind; even administrators giving advice to each other or swapping a little humor. Dry college reports are often filled with information and statistics that can be recycled to compare and contrast the Wake Forests of the past with ours in the present. Basically, I love working with all the collections that help us answer questions from the Wake Forest community and the public!
As a fellow Deacon (class of 2006), what advice do you have for all of our first year students on making the most of their experience at Wake Forest University?
I learned the most, and have the fondest memories, at Wake when I was uncomfortable. This included going outside my comfort zone to try new things, like joining the student newspaper or working on class or community projects with people whom I found intimidating. Spoiler alert: some of those intimidating people are my close friends now! I still use that sense, too – when I feel a little nervous about a new challenge, I know I’m on the right track.