A dynamic duo : history and tennis unite to serve up an ace learning experience : an honors thesis (HONRS 499)
The growing field of public history offers a plethora of fascinating career opportunities to those willing to take up its unique challenge. Ball State University recognizes these opportunities and, through its History with Internship option in the History major, allows students the chance to explore this exciting field. The internship serves as the capstone semester within this course of study, and in order to satisfactorily complete the academic requirements, students must compile a professional portfolio chronicling their educational experiences both on and off site. The purpose of my personal portfolio is two-fold. First, because I served as an intern with the museum staff at the International Tennis Hall of Fame and Museum in Newport, Rhode Island, I have aimed to illustrate the special qualities that make tennis a unique sport. Second, and more important, I seek to demonstrate the triumphs and tribulations involved with this career path. The inclusion of my daily Reflective Journal, Work Log, Midterm and Final Reports, and other similar documents should generate a detailed overview of what it takes to succeed in public history.