Our second graduating senior this year is Lydia Henning, our Website and Digitization Specialist. For those of the readership that have had the joy of visiting us in person this year, they have Lydia to thank for Whiteboard Wednesdays. It is her accomplishments with our online exhibition websites, however, that she values the most from her time with the Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives.
Lydia spent four years as a Graphic Communications major; a scheduling snafu lead her to switch her major to Spanish. It was a natural second choice, since Lydia has been taking classes in that language since before preschool, and spoke Spanish with a close neighbor and her grandmother. Even with years of practice, though, Lydia says “I find my Spanish has improved exponentially since I have two Spanish classes on the same day of my school week this semester. I recommend immersion to learn any language.” She has been to Mexico twice, and looks forward to going again.
Lydia on living in the Upper Peninsula:
“Marquette is a great city, away from the bustle of major highways of the Lower Peninsula, and with more abundant natural beauty! I have enjoyed the lakes and ponds and rivers of Da Yoop, fly fishing with my boyfriend, who I met at NMU- in the library, actually. I also work there, as a student assistant. I love going to the numerous coffee shops around town, and walking to the shoreline of Gitche Gumee every so often. Many agree it’s much nicer here in the warmer months… so do I! I like the winter and snow, though. Saying, stay warm! to people is my favorite goodbye phrase in the winter.”
Originally from Fowlerville, Michigan, Lydia hopes for a career in museums, as a curator, exhibit designer, or interpreter, or maybe all three! She has been volunteering at the Marquette Regional History Center, and looks forward to many other opportunities. Stay warm, Lydia! Stay warm, Stefan!
This post was written by Emily Wros.