The Historical Society of Carroll County had the pleasure of hosting student River Myer as an intern this fall.
River, a senior at Century High School, is the stage manager for the school’s Drama Club, a member of the Future Business Leaders of America, vice president of the community service Leo Club and vice president of Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society. He intends on majoring in history in college and ultimately would like to teach U.S. history in high school.
River wanted to gain as much experience in history and business as possible during his internship. He worked on a variety of projects, including creating a business plan for the Shellman Shop and Bookstore, organizing and taking inventory of the shop’s merchandise, filing and assisting with marketing the Society.
River recently shared his thoughts about his time at the Historical Society:
What was your favorite project?
There was no particular favorite, but filing for some reason was fun—being able to organize and see how the business has been run over the past few years expanded my understanding of the back end.
What did you take away from this experience?
I very much enjoyed the history aspect of the experience, but I have come to learn that business is not my passion. I enjoyed learning more about Carroll County and how museums actively preserve history. This experience helped me to understand that I want to become a teacher. The relationships I made with the staff and volunteers is something I will always remember and is one of my favorite parts of the internship.
How did this experience help you learn you want to become a teacher?
I like to be busy and work with people, as well as know that I am helping people. This experience helped me understand how people learn and interact with history outside of the classroom. I know as a teacher I will be helping lots of people, which will make me feel like what I am doing is important.
What are your plans for the rest of the school year?
Next semester I have two classes in history, which I hope will further my knowledge and fuel my passion for history.