Andrea Ost


Hometown: Kalamazoo, Mich.

Meet Andrea, an anthropology major who spent the summer getting real-world archaeology experience at the historic McGulpin Point Lighthouse and the former Mount Pleasant Indian Industrial Boarding School site.

Andrea says she’s always dreamed of being an archaeologist ever since she first read “Tut's Mummy: Lost ... and Found” in the first grade. “Coming to Central made me realize that there’s a great Anthropology department, and all of the faculty are really involved in making sure you’re successful. My dream of being an anthropologist started to become more of a possibility for me.”

Digging up experience. “Doing fieldwork opened me up to the possibility of doing more archaeology work as opposed to just working in the lab. You learn so many skills, starting out with the basics and growing to the point where you’re self-sufficient. I’m really glad I’m doing this.”

Uncovering the past. “A lot of it has to do with remembering the forgotten. A really big part of archaeology is trying to figure out what a landscape looked like before and show people the change over time. The best part is being able to tell the stories of those who can’t tell their stories themselves.”

Every experience a new experience. “It’s never boring. Every time you change environments, there’s new soil to work with, new people to work with and new reasons to be doing the work you’re doing. It’s constantly exciting and you’re constantly learning.”

CMU students unearthing real-world experience

Highlights of CMU’s anthropology program include:

  • Fieldwork experiences and curriculum on societies throughout the world and research opportunities with experienced faculty
  • Internship opportunities and study-abroad possibilities in more than 50 countries
  • Professional development through on-campus organizations such as The Anthropology Club
  • Small classes allowing for specific study and close interaction with instructors

To learn more about the anthropology program, click here.



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