Hometown: Rydal, Pennsylvania Education Background: Bachelor of Arts in History, with Minors in Architectural Studies and Anthropology from The Catholic University of America
How did you get interested in your field?
I first became interested in preservation during a school project when I was thirteen. From there my interest in the field expanded as I learned about the ways that preservation can intervene in the process of documenting, saving, and restoring historic structures. I also found that through preservation one can connect the people of the past and the structures that still exist today in order to tell their stories along with the history of the building.
What was your background prior to coming to Penn?
Prior to attending Penn, I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History, and minors in Architectural Studies and Anthropology from The Catholic University of America. I also maintained an internship with the archives at The Union League of Philadelphia Legacy Foundation, as well as an internship with Building Conservation Associates.
Why did you choose Penn?
I chose to attend Penn because of the high level of respect the program maintains within the professional field of preservation. In addition to the great academic aspects, I also chose Penn because I hope to stay in the Philadelphia area after school, and Penn provides an expansive network of alumni and associations that can bolster my job search following graduation.
What do you like best about Philadelphia?
I love the variety of history that can be found in Philadelphia and the city’s goal of showcasing as many stories as possible. I also think that Philadelphia has a lot of fun activities year round and some really great restaurants!
What kinds of activities and/or organizations are you involved in?
I have a part-time internship with Building Conservation Associates where I have learned a lot about the field of historic preservation. I also have been a member of both The Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia and The Old York Road Historical Society for a number of years.
What are your career ambitions?
I am not yet sure about the specifics, but overall I hope to able to save and reintroduce to society as many historic structures in a useful and beneficial manner for the surrounding people and neighborhoods.