I started working in the Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum store in June 2018, and boy do I enjoy it. I graduated from Old Dominion University in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in Tourism Management. I’ve gone through a few different jobs within the tourism industry, but I’ve never fully enjoyed one until I came to the museum.

I get to interact with so many people on a daily basis. I’ve become fascinated by learning where they are from and what brings them to Virginia Beach. Since I work in the museum store, I am the first and last person the visitors see. With that being said, I get asked a lot of interesting questions about the museum, as well as Virginia Beach.

One of my favorite questions is whether or not there is an air show happening during the weekend. Since Virginia Beach is a military town, we have military aircraft flying on a regular basis. Natives of Virginia Beach are so used to the sound that we usually just block it out, but I always forget that not everyone is used to the constant jet noise. It’s always fun to see the guests’ reactions when I tell them we have one of the largest military bases in the country right here in Hampton Roads.

Another of my favorite questions is what exactly this building is. I’m not going to lie; I didn’t know much about this building when I first started working here. But over the last months, I’ve learned so much about this building and the history that surrounds it. It brings me joy to pass on the knowledge I’ve gained to others.

I look forward to coming to work everyday and being able to learn even more about my hometown and the history that surrounds it through the exhibits in this museum.