Erick Martinez, a graduate student studying anthropology at Eastern New Mexico University, said the University's location provides an "excellent opportunity" to further his education. "I have access to top-notch archaeology professors in their respective fields, as well as the potential opportunity to work at the Blackwater Draw Archaeological Site."
Erick, who expects to graduate in the spring of 2018, has "always had a love for past cultures and all things of old."
Erick's passion to teach is evident. In his career, he ultimately wants to impact and invest in others who have interests in archeology.
"I would eventually love to be a professor at a university or community college. I want to help educate the next generation of anthropologists and archaeologists," said Erick, who previously lived in San Diego, California.
"Every single one of my professors has helped me," explained the graduate student, who has had classes with Dr. Kathy Durand, Dr. John Montgomery, Dr. Stephanie Borios, Dr. Heather Smith and Dr. Kerriann Marden.
Erick is a member of ENMU's Mu Alpha Nu, the anthropology club on campus. He regularly volunteers and spends most of his time at the Blackwater Draw Site and Museum. He was awarded the "Graduate Student of Year" in the Department of Anthropology and Applied Archaeology.
He likes to "venture into the grad lounge and hang out with my peers" in the Art and Anthropology Building.
His thesis research is on "Lithic Analysis," which happens to be his favorite class at ENMU.
"I always wanted to study and work in the Southwest archaeology region," said Erick. ENMU provides the opportunities and resources he needs to get hands-on experience at archeological sites.
He encourages other anthropology students to "stick with it. We are always in need of new and creative thinkers entering into our discipline."
Erick's his favorite part about being a Greyhound is the "essence of belonging to a tight-knit community."