Anthony Howell (Social Science, 2002) has been working as a Zoology Curatorial Technician at the Redpath Museum for the last 16 years.
What started as a volunteer position while he was still pursuing his undergraduate studies turned into a rewarding career working directly with some of the museum’s most interesting specimens and zoological collections.
When Howell first started at Champlain in 1999, he was pursuing science and had a particular interest in biology. There was just one problem.
“I could not get through calculus. I tried twice and I did not pass twice,” he recalled. “I was given the option of switching into social sciences.”
It was a good thing he did because in that program, Howell discovered the field of anthropology which he felt an immediate connection to.
“Switching to Social Science might have been the best thing for me. It opened the world of anthropology for me,” he said.
After graduating from Champlain, Howell went on to complete a degree in Anthropology from Concordia University where he did a specialization in human anthropology and evolution.
Toward the end of his bachelor’s, Howell was considering going on to do a master’s and wanted to gain some practical experience that might prove relevant to his future prospects.
“The only thing I could think of was working in museums,” he said.