October Ungergraduate Student of the Month: Jaysen Kralovetz
During a recent interview, GEOG Undergrad, Jaysen Kralovetz, offered the following:
1) What major(s), minors, and/or certificates you are working on at UMD?
I am working towards a B.S. in GIS/Computer Cartography with a minor in LGBT Studies.
2) What are your interests within your program(s)?
Although a GIS major, I am primarily interested in human and cultural geography with an interest in studying changes in cultural beliefs and practices over time, particularly in relation to the LGBT community. I am also interested in museum studies as a potential venue for helping others to understand social changes and their geographic impacts.
3) What previous jobs, internships, and volunteer experience have you had?
I previously worked in the music industry as a product buyer for a major distribution company. I left that career after 15 years to go back to school in 2009 and received my AA in Museum Education from Anne Arundel Community College in 2011 before transferring to UMD.
4) Where you are from (optional)?
Born in California, but "from" Colorado.
1) Where you are interning?
2) What are your internship responsibilities?
Collecting and cataloging primary source material to trace histories of runaway slaves in the Chesapeake region. Also worked in after-school programs for elementary school students using historic and modern maps to teach kids the history of their schools and the geographic changes that have occurred in the region over time.
3) What project(s) are you working on or contributing to?
"Freedom Bound: Runaways of the Chesapeake" is the museum's major exhibit that opened to the public earlier this year and I worked on collecting primary source materials for it.
4) How the internship experience is relevant to your studies in Geographical Sciences.
First hand experience in communicating cultural changes and geographic impacts to the public.
Keep up the good work, Jaysen!