History, Heritage and Museum Studies, and Religion student at Concordia College

My name is Samara (Sammy) and I am a triple-major student at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN, studying history, heritage and museum studies, and religion. I’m originally from the Twin Cities area but I also spent the fall 2019 semester living and studying in Washington, D.C.

I’ve immensely enjoyed my time in my courses at Concordia and during internships and work in the archival field. I’m seeking to further my education in the field of library science in pursuit of a career in an archive or library.

I’ve always loved books and history. I blazed through books as a child as quickly as I could pick them up from the library. My punishments used to be taking my book away for the day–that’s how much I loved to read! Once I got to high school, history became my favorite subject. Learning and reading about the lives of people I had never met and putting myself in their shoes fascinated me. I wanted to keep learning about new time periods and reading everything I could about everything. 

As I grew up, I found that I didn’t have a good answer to the question of what I wanted to be when I got older. I knew that I loved to read and I loved to learn. I also loved to share what I learned with others! I couldn’t think of a career that meshed all of those together.

When I started in the Heritage and Museum studies program at Concordia, I knew that I’d finally found the perfect fit for me. Learning about archives and libraries just felt right. I knew that I’d discovered where I wanted to be: reading and learning and helping others access that same information. Now I know what I want to be when I grow up: an archivist!

When I’m not in class or working in the Concordia College Archives, you can probably find me reading from a big stack of books, sipping coffee or tea (I’m not picky), knitting up a storm, or thinking about my next camping trip.