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Bill Auchter

MA History, Class of 2015

"I decided to change my life from doing what I had to do, to doing what I wanted to do."

After having spent over a decade working at a bank, I decided to change my life from doing what I had to do, to doing what I wanted to do. The first step was to finish my long dormant bachelor’s degree, which was in anthropology. This was because what I had wanted to do was be an archaeologist. I began working in the field of cultural resource management. And it was then that I realized that my goal was to take the information learned through archaeology, and use it with history, in order to better educate the public about the cultural resources all around them. As a working adult, I needed a graduate program that would allow me to work, and still achieve my educational goals. That is when I found Southern New Hampshire University, and the master’s in history program, with an emphasis in public history.