It’s that time of year again, when back to school ads plague the television and everyone starts saying “this summer went by way too fast!”. Although I’m looking forward to the start of university, I’ll miss being able to come in to work at a museum with such awesome staff and volunteers.
This summer has been a whirlwind of projects, from learning how to add photo negatives into our collections database, to setting a new record in August for our busiest month ever. I never could’ve foreseen how interesting my time here would be! Working at the museum also gave me the opportunity to improve skills that are much needed at university; I worked on my writing and research capabilities while creating the articles on this blog, I learned how to edit video in different formats through working with our footage of Alan Farrell, and I even got to create a video promoting the museum.
One of my favourite parts of this job is the fascinating conversations I have had with people who came into the museum. You never know what memories or connections will be brought up while looking through the exhibits. My view of the Coast has also changed as I learned to see it through the eyes of first-time visitors. I’ll never get tired of recommending activities to do and places to eat here!
Even if I had an endless summer, it would be impossible to learn all of the stories and mysteries within the Sunshine Coast Museum and Archives. I’m grateful for the (way too short) summer that I did have here and for everything that I learned during it.