Hi! My name is Ryan Kelly. I am a graduate student at Utica College. In a few weeks, I will be traveling to Albania, Greece and Romania for our Forensic Anthropology Field School! I am beyond excited for the opportunity to be able to go on this trip, as well as the opportunity to be able to blog my experiences while I am there!
A little bit of background about myself, I grew up in Verona, NY (about 25 minutes from UC). As a young girl I developed a passion for horses; so naturally, I did my undergraduate work at SUNY Cobleskill studying Equine Science/Animal Science. After graduation, I worked at various equine facilities, but I wasn’t quite satisfied with a career in the equine industry. Throughout middle school, high school, college and beyond I have participated in cross country and track. My wonderful aunt informed me that a graduate assistant position as a track and field coach was open at Utica. I immediately applied and was soon hired in August 2012.
When I was first looking into the Masters of Liberal Arts program, I was immediately drawn to the social sciences track. This gave me the opportunity to take classes in an area that I found fascinating. As soon as I looked through the classes, I knew that I wanted to take the Forensic Anthropology, Historical Archaeology, and Forensic Anthropology Field School. I have completed both the Forensic Anthropology and Historical Archaeology classes with Dr. Crist! I am so excited to be able to embark on this one of a kind adventure! Our trip will include unique and exciting learning experiences. Not only will we have the chance to explore and learn about other cultures but also we will get to spend time with hands on learning about forensic anthropology, bio-archaeology, handling and recovery of human remains, paleopathology, mass fatality and disaster planning, medical anthropology, heritage tourism, museum exhibits, and Bulkan culture! I have a feeling that this 26 day adventure will be one of the most exciting and educational experiences I’ve ever had! I am so happy to be able to blog my experiences while on this trip. I hope you all enjoy reading this blog! Once I am out in Albania, I will try to post a few times a week with as many pictures as possible! We leave in 26 days, 21 hours and 18 mins!