Hello! My name is Katherine Willard, although almost everyone calls me Katie (the sole exception being my mother). I will be one of the social media interns for the Smithsonian Associates this fall. I’ve been a DC resident for four years, and one of my favorite pastimes is visiting any of the Smithsonian museums. I will visit almost any museum (I did a Sewer Tour in Paris), but I particularly love the Smithsonian museums because they are free!
When I moved to DC in 2012 to attend The George Washington University, one of the first things I did was go to the National Portrait Gallery with my roommate. After a thrilling and terrifying ride on the metro, we wandered around Chinatown before going to the Portrait Gallery. Though I had practically clung to my roommate on the journey there, I felt free to explore the Portrait Gallery because I love getting lost in museums. I sprinted up the stairs to visit the Hall of Twentieth Century Americans. I walked from room to room until I found my prize: the portrait of F. Scott Fitzgerald, who happens to be my favorite author of all time.
Needless to say, seeing Fitzgerald’s portrait was one of the highlights of my first semester.
Fitzy and me, April 2016
Now, after seven more semesters (and two more Fitzgerald pictures), I am a recent graduate of The George Washington University’s Columbian College. I studied applied mathematics and creative writing—and yes, I know that is a strange combination. My interests are rather varied, although my current obsession involves a class that I took last semester, The Price of Freedom: Normandy, 1944. I spent the greater part of last semester researching a soldier who died in the Battle for Normandy, and now D-Day is always in the back of my mind. This means, of course, that I will be jumping to cover any WWII-related Smithsonian Associates events!
I’m excited to put my writing skills to use in this blog and with social media posts. I apologize if I ramble on this blog—at least the social media will teach me to be pithier. I’ve attended Smithsonian Associates events since my freshman year, and I can’t wait to share them with you as more than just an enthusiastic audience member. I’m very grateful to have been given this opportunity, and I’m looking forward to the semester. (Is it still “semester” when you’re out of school? I wonder…)