Some say that I am a Chihuahua; some even say that I am a “Lightening Puma.” While I do not like to label myself, I am an ordinary thinker with not-so-ordinary flavors.
I went to the University of Georgia, where I received a B.A in History with a minor in African American Studies. For my senior thesis, I explored a controversial topic, lynching and its impact on the twentieth-century Southern society. After intense months of researching, I had the honor of writing and presenting a paper, “Southern Women and the Anti-Lynching Movement, 1930-1942.” As a social justice advocate, I enjoy learning about the forgotten histories and connecting them to current issues and events.
During the four years of college, I had the opportunity to explore, engage, extract, and learn this growing field, Public History. Coincidentally, I began interviewing my friends and colleagues back when I was a freshman during which I struggled with adapting and assimilating to the social life in the university. Being the first generation to attend college in the U.S, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. So, I began asking a lot of questions during my conversation with people. Soon, I interviewed them for fun, and I realized that people had so many fascinating stories but with little to no opportunities to share them. In 2015, I launched a personal blog called, “Interviewing the Ordinaries.” As a Public History Intern and Research Assistant, I was able to incorporate my passion for history and documenting interviews at the General Federation of Women’s Clubs in Washington, D.C. and the Richard B. Russell Library in Athens, GA. After exploring with various kinds of public history works, there was something that I always enjoyed doing and went back to, interviewing! I am beyond excited to continue interviewing and documenting people’s stories through OHMA!