Back to the books!

What’s new? I’ve started studying for the GRE! *tremble* ๐Ÿ˜‰

I’m also narrowing my focus for my grad school applications. I’m planning on studying the Inca. I’ve always been fascinated by their practices, and this will give me an excuse to explore my Chilean roots! Mortuary practices really keep me engaged, so I’d like to take it in that direction. ๐Ÿ™‚ If I have to spend a couple years living and breathing material, it had better be material that I enjoy studying!

…and where will it lead? I’m still interested in Cultural Resource Management lab work. Maybe I’ll do field work. Maybe museum work. We’ll see. I’m happy with my options, so far. ๐Ÿ™‚

Your friendly neighborhood archaeologist ♥


Back to work!

Hello, everyone! ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m excited to inform you that I’ve secured a job! I’m actually returning to my previous workplace where I spent the last 5.5 years before I left for Sweden. I’ve been offered the Human Resources Assistant position. Once I pay off my debt (which should be in approximately 5 months), I will begin to save for graduate school (which I will attend while I work full-time). I’m excited to gain this valuable experience in office administration! …plus, I get my own office. Yay! ๐Ÿ™‚

♥ ♥ ♥

Still Searching!

Hi all! ๐Ÿ™‚

I apologize for the lack of updates. As Mike and I have (thankfully and happily) settled back in, I am still searching for full-time work. Well? Surprise, surprise. Employment within an academic discipline usually requires a substantial amount of (you guessed it) academic work. I was planning on graduate school in the future, but I was hoping to get work in the social sciences with only my BA. Considering that I don’t want to do any more excavation (I’m aiming for lab work or research), I’ll have to find full-time office work until I earn my Master’s degree.

So as soon as I find full-time work, Mike and I will pay off debt, save up, and I’ll apply for Museum Studies programs! ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope to enroll within the next 2 years. Considering the vast amount of graduate programs that accommodate full-time working individuals with flexible night schedules and “distance learning”, I’ll be able to keep working full-time while I earn my Master’s degree!

The search continues… ๐Ÿ™‚

Goodbye, Sweden!

It has been an amazing 6 months. Yes, it went faster than we expected. Sweden is such a beautiful country with a rich and exciting history. As mentioned in our “What Have We Learned?” post, this experience has solidified many of my UCSD lessons and given me a taste of what it’s like to be far away from home for a relatively long period of time. We’ve already summarized what we have learned and posted our reflections, so I’ll just thank all of you readers for following along! ๐Ÿ˜€ We are so excited to go home; but we will definitely keep Sweden in our hearts.

Although it will be several years before we take another trip, this blog will continue to function as a means to communicate my work and progress in archaeology. If you are interested in learning about my ongoing studies, work, and current news in the field of archaeology and anthropology, continue to follow along! ๐Ÿ™‚

I want to extend a heartfelt and special thanks to the Gilman Scholarship Program and the Swedish Women’s Educational Association for their generous support. If there are any undergraduate readers out there, I strongly recommend studying abroad in Sweden! If you do, visit the links above and visit your campus study abroad office to apply for those scholarships. Sweden has so much to offer everyone. As you’ve read on this blog, there is a tremendous amount of archaeological sites and museums to visit. Lund University also offers unique opportunities to students from various fields. A couple of my fellow exchange students each had the opportunity to work full-time in labs for course credit! I believe one was working in Chemistry and the other in Neurology. Consider studying abroad in Sweden. You won’t regret it! ๐Ÿ™‚ Even for those who are not in college, spend a week or two in Lund! You can travel the Skรฅne region and across to southern Denmark with ease. The public transportation system here is fantastic and allows the travelers to get the most out of their visits.

Thank you, Sweden, for an enriching learning experience! ๐Ÿ™‚

your friendly neighborhood archaeologist ♥

Happy Holidays!

Hello, everyone! Erin, here. ๐Ÿ™‚

He hope everyone has a wonderful holiday! Whatever and however you choose to celebrate, we hope the season is filled with love and peace for you all. ๐Ÿ˜€ ♥ ♥ ♥

Mike and I will celebrate Christmas with a home-made pancake brunch. At night, we’ll cuddle up to candles and a Christmas movie. So far, it has only lightly snowed once in Malmรถ and it lasted for a couple hours. I hope we’ll get snow on Sunday! If we don’t, Malmรถ makes up for it with beautiful lights all over the city. We’re still filled with the spirit of Christmas, thanks to all the lights and decor! ♥

I thought it’d be cute and funny to have Mike whip up a little Christmas image. ๐Ÿ˜‰ It’s humorously appropriate!

Have a wonderful holiday. ๐Ÿ™‚

your friendly neighborhood archaeologist ♥

Time to Sign Graduation Paperwork!

I have just completed all the requirements for my Bachelor’s degree in Anthropological Archaeology! ๐Ÿ™‚

As soon as I return to San Diego, I will meet with my advisors and sign the papers! The ceremony isn’t until June, but I will still get my degree in the mail soon. ๐Ÿ™‚ I can’t wait to frame it! I am so excited and relieved to have made it through this process. UCSD is an amazing school and I will truly miss it.

What’s next for me? Work and graduate school.

-Erin ๐Ÿ™‚

It’s our 10 year anniversary!

Ok it’s obviously not our 10 year wedding anniversary, but it is the anniversary of when we started dating back in high school. Hmm, so that’s what a decade feels like. I’m looking forward to many many more!

Erin’s edit:
Yes! It has been a wonderful decade of an amazing relationship! We have spent almost half of our entire lives as devoted partners and I am so thankful for you, my love! You have taught me so much and I’ve grown wiser with you as my partner and guide. Here’s to many more decades! โค