Category Archives: What’s It Like To be

What’s It Like To Be- March 2017

An Economist

Please tell our readers a little bit about yourself.

My name is Tibor Besedes and I am associate professor of economics at Georgia Institute of Technology. I was born in Croatia and came to the U.S. in 1995 to attend college. I obtained my undergraduate degree from Texas Christian University in 1998 and […]


Sarah Perreault | Senior Editor of The Old Farmer’s Almanac

Please tell our readers a little bit about yourself.
I live in New England, I love trivia and interesting pieces of information, and I enjoy working in my garden, kayaking and skiing with my husband and kids. I’m also a big fan of baseball! […]

What’s It Like To Be – Elections Specialist

Each state handles the details of elections differently. is month, we talked to Daniel Simpson, an Elections Specialist in North Carolina.

Please tell our readers a little bit about yourself.
My name is Daniel Simpson, and I work as an Elections Specialist at the North Carolina State Board of Elections. I graduated from Duke […]

A Historian at Montpelier

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My name is Kyle Stetz and I have had a life-long passion for history. I grew up in western New York state near the Pennsylvania border. Growing up, I visited historic sites, and nearly every summer, I visited Gettysburg, Pennsylvania., as I had, and still have, […]

What It’s Like To Be…

Executive Director of the American Student Government Association?

Butch Oxendine is the Executive Director of the American Student Government Association, which serves and supports collegiate Student Governments nationwide.

Please tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’ve been working with student leaders and student governments for nearly 35 years. I was a student government officer myself in college, and for many years, I edited the national magazine Student Leader and […]

Senior Research Scientist for NOAA

Meet Dr. Harold Brooks. He is a senior research scientist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. He grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, and in his words, “ran around a bunch of places for college and graduate school.” He has lived in Norman, Oklahoma, since 1990, working on a variety of projects including studying […]

Erosion and Soil Control Specialist

KVN: Please tell our readers your name a little bit about yourself.
My name is John Slupecki, and I have loved nature and being outdoors since I was a small kid exploring in the woods behind our house. I was born in Toledo, Ohio, and lived growing up in other states like Indiana, Illinois, […]

Museum Curator

Rachael Zuch
Museum Curator
I am the Museum Curator at CCHS. I started with the Society as an intern in 2004. I love that history is so easy to find in Cumberland County, whether it’s picking something up off the ground or shopping at an antique mall.

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Geology is an earth science comprising the study of solid Earth, the rocks of which it is composed, and the processes by which they change.

KN: Please tell our readers a little bit about yourself.

My name is Kathleen Neset and I am a geologist. I grew up in New Jersey and I now work […]


Why is this work important/how does it apply to every day life for most people?
Maps surround us. We use them daily to get to a meeting across town, to understand results of political races, what the weather will be. In recent years, we see them all over the news and social media. As […]