My name is Jake Boomer. I’m a rising junior at Ole Miss, double majoring in History and Anthropology. I’m originally from Nashville, Tennessee, but currently live in Colorado Springs. I enrolled in this field school because I absolutely love anthropology and was waiting for a chance to do research in the field. The Bolivian field school gives me a chance to do just that. I also plan on continuing my anthropology education in grad school, so I am also this field school can guide me towards interesting possibilities for research projects. I am beyond excited to get to La Paz and experience living abroad, albeit briefly, for the first time in my life.
I’ve never traveled outside the United States. This is a completely new experience for me. I hope to learn not only how to apply anthropological methods, but also to learn all I can about Bolivian people and culture. Our itinerary is full of new and fascinating things for me. As a history major, I am particularly interested in visits to archives. On my own time, I am hoping for a chance to visit the Salar de Uyuni.
I don’t have my concerns about the program or traveling. While I am a bit green when it comes to traveling, I consider myself to be pretty adaptable to new situations. The altitude of La Paz is a bit daunting, but I currently live at around 6000 feet and know how to deal with a little altitude. Of course, I don’t want to get too cocky, push myself too hard, and end up with altitude sickness. I suppose my biggest concern is my Spanish. I took the AP test in high school, so I didn’t have to take any language classes at Ole Miss. That means it’s been over two years since my last Spanish class. I’ve been practicing, so hopefully I can learn/remember enough to get by.