Peyton Metzker (2019)
I knew there was a position at the museum because I was religiously checking Indeed for a summer job, and that’s where I found the posting for a museum assistant at the Millet Museum! I wanted to work at the museum because it was a great opportunity to work in a sector which I have spent a great deal of my free time enjoying.
Working at the museum allowed me to further develop my interpersonal skills in addition to gaining experience doing many different things from running kids’ programs to research. I remember when we had to move the track for the wooden car races to the Agriplex but we figured out quickly that it wouldn’t fit in the back of any trucks so we had to take it across town using a cart and a dolly.
Especially after working at the museum, I have a deep appreciation for anything that supports the culture and heritage sector. I’ve always enjoyed exploring museums and historical sites but now visiting and supporting places which work towards the goal of preserving our history is particularly important to me and I take any opportunity to do so.
The student funding from my time at the museum plays a crucial role in my journey through post secondary education. I saved all of my earnings from the summer in order to provide myself with economic stability which is a huge stress reliever as a full time university student.
Currently I am living at home in Wetaskiwin. Over the past year since working at the museum, I have been volunteering at the Camrose Women’s Shelter doing childcare. I have also successfully completed my third year of my undergraduate degree in kinesiology in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
My advice would be to step out of your comfort zone. There are so many opportunities to be taken and new skills to be learned if you are willing to do so.