Student of Archaeology (and Anthropology), mother of 5, and a full-time college student. I have been passionate about archaeology since the sixth grade. I have endured a lot of setbacks along the way, but I am finally on a set path once again. You can find me on LinkedIn and Facebook.

Hard Work Pays Off!

This is my third year of doing this. In the previous years I had wrote about the desire to go back to school and then when I actually went back. On June 26, 2015, I graduated from my community college, Foothill College, with double honors, two Anthropology certificates, and my AA in Anthropology. This was a huge accomplishment for me because I am a mother of five and my (soon-to-be-ex-) husband recently left my children and I out of the blue… and homeless (my parents have been kind enough to allow us to stay with them until I can find a place of my own, which I’m hoping will be soon). To say things have been easy is a huge understatement. I will begin work on my BA in January 2016. The original plan was to begin in August 2015, but some things have come up that are preventing me to do that, so January it is.

I may not have any exciting stories to tell yet but I am sure as I move on to my BA and things get going –maybe even some volunteer work thrown in there- I’ll eventually have stories to tell. But for now, I leave you with this: FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS!!!! Don’t let anything stand in your way. Hard work DOES pay off! And if you are a parent… don’t be discouraged in thinking that you can’t be a parent and a student, it IS possible and doable!

Back in the Ropes

This is my second year writing for Day of Archeology. Last year I wrote about how I was planning on going back to college to pick up where I left off on my journey to becoming a professional archaeologist…

I am finally back in school once again! This is my first quarter back since Summer 2009. Being a mother of five and being back in school has been quite the challenge. Since it is Summer Quarter, I am only able to take 3 classes so that is exactly what I am taking! I was also able to transfer my classes from my previous college over, so I am very close to graduation and moving onto my next degree.

I can tell you that being older (30 come January), a mom and a full-time college student that my life can get crazy but it is worth it!

After Fall Quarter starts, I plan to see if I can volunteer or intern at one of our local museums that I have worked at before… in the Anthropology Department, of course! Though this will add even more to my already busy plate, I believe that the experience I get will be well worth it in the long run. I enjoy being on this journey once again and I can only hope for the best!

Whether you are considering going back to school for archaeology/anthropology or something else, you truly are not too old to go back and make your dreams come true. Going back may be a little tougher, especially if you are a mom/dad or have other very important things going on all the time in your life, but determination goes a long way. I am so thankful that I am able to go back to follow my dreams while still being there for my children. They are the reason that following my dreams has become so much more important to me than it once was.

Never Too Late

I’m having a bit of a late start going today as I am finishing up a paper I am writing for a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) archaeology class that was offered by Brown University.

With that said, I am Cayla, 28 years old, mother of five and recently married. I am from Southern California and an undergraduate student of anthropology with concentration in archaeology.

I started as an undergraduate at a local college in 2006 but do to life happening, I had to step away until recently. I thought I was too old to go back to get my BA but that is not true! I do not have the option of going on campus all the time so I applied to two universities that offered a BA in Anthropology via distance learning. I have all general requirements met except for three, so I am not sitting too bad at the moment! If you have that drive, passion and determination to make your dreams happen, go for it and do not let your age stop you!

One of my mentors told us the first time I ever went into the field, “You will either love it or you will hate it.” And this holds very true! Most that signed up for the field, did not come back after our first time out. It was cold and windy…the type of wind that cuts right through you…and the hike up to the site was quite long. It was rough but despite being frozen, I loved it! My first site was pretty dull but it was still good for learning.

The second site I was on, was on a wildlife preserve that was once inhabited by local Native Americans. The site itself was pretty rough in the sense that there was a lot of bushes and the overall area was quite large. We did mostly surface survey and found pottery shards which we GPSed, did the paperwork on, labeled the bags and bagged the artifacts. Right before we left one day, we were standing around discussing something and I happened to look over…that is when I found what we later identified as human bone. It was thrilling!

In my time as a student, I have learned so much. I love the field and I love being behind the scenes in the museum, cataloging and sorting through artifacts. I have a long way to go but I plan to carry it out no matter what it takes.

Remember, if you still have it in you, age aside, to follow your dreams, whatever they may be, go after it!