Ever the extrovert, I have always loved interacting with different people, cultures, and traditions. Growing up, I played on every sports team imaginable, and I greatly appreciate teamwork, striving for a common goal, and being outside. Archaeology is the perfect combination of working with others in an outdoor setting to recover knowledge about past cultures. As an undergraduate student, I excavated in the dry Atacama Desert of Chile, admiring the petroglyphs and the formerly thriving Inka cities. I have been fortunate to have since worked in Ecuador, Peru, Belize, and Israel, and my current research focuses on the archaeology of social movements during Spanish colonialism in South America. It is an honor and a privilege to write the histories of past places, events, and peoples through the objects and structures left behind. I feel immense joy when I explore these themes with my students and colleagues at Warren Wilson College.