My own experience abroad was one of the most impactful years of my young adulthood._ Since high school, I've been focused on giving back and helping others, from mentoring at-risk youth to teaching life skills like sewing._ My role at IFSA-Butler allows me to combine a just a few of my passions: research, educational access, and international exchange. Coming to work every day is a true joy.
Aimee graduated with honors from Randolph-Macon Woman's College in Lynchburg, VA and went on to complete an MA in History and an MLS at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN.
Aimee studied abroad for an academic year at the University of Reading (east of London)._ Academically, she focused on 19th century reform movements and the history of motherhood/childhood, and did research in London for her tutorials and seminars on these and related topics._ She was also 'house mom' for her cohort of around 20 fellow Juniors abroad, and got a peek into what goes on behind the scenes of a study abroad program._ It was abroad that she developed a very deep love of Anthony Trollope novels, and also fulfilled her geeky life goal of being within hand-shaking distance of great British stars of stage and screen (especially Alan Rickman).
Did You Know?
Aimee spent much of her professional life to date in public history as a museum educator and tour guide at both of Thomas Jefferson's homes, Poplar Forest and Monticello, in program design and administration at a few small museums in Indiana, and eventually as a researcher and webmaster for the state historical bureau. If you're ever in Columbus, IN, you can stop by the Cerealine Manufacturing Co. Indiana State Historical Marker to see a bit of her research!