ENMU student prepares for a career as a cultural anthropologist

Josh Castillo DeLosSantos, who is also called Iru, studies anthropology with a specialization in cultural anthropology at Eastern New Mexico University. His career plan is to become a cultural anthropologist with additional training in biological anthropology and “travel the world to learn about different cultures and apply my knowledge to help solve future and current cultural problems”.

Josh’s goal is to “make a difference in the world by using the knowledge I have gained and applying the techniques I learned from Dr Erik Stanley and Dr Susan Kuzminsky of the Department of Anthropology and applied archeology. I hope I can continue to work with these two professors on their ongoing research and learn all I can from them both. “

He appoints Dr Stanley, Dr Kuzminsky and Dr Kristin Waldo, assistant professor of sociology and criminal justice, as his “three greatest mentors at ENMU. They are all more than willing to go the extra mile to make it happen. ensure that I understand the material and are always there to support me even when I am in trouble or when life has hit me in the face making things difficult.

“They’ve all become more like family, and I really enjoy everything they do,” he shares. “If it weren’t for these three, I have no idea where I would be in my college career.”

Josh chose his specialty because it will give him the opportunity to interact with people from all over the world, allowing him to “assimilate to their culture, to learn how they live and to experience their cultural and religious ceremonies”.

The Greyhound offers advice to students interested in pursuing a degree in their field of study: “My main advice would be to keep working; the field of anthropology is not easy, but it is a very rewarding field. Our entire department aims to ensure that their students get the best experience and soak up the information needed to proceed into the master’s program.

“Times will be tough, but if you use your support system and are honest and open, your teachers will go the extra mile,” he explains. “Don’t get me wrong, we all love to have fun in college, but make sure you balance your studies with your personal enjoyment and your experience with the anthropology department will be the best at ENMU. You can. always contact me. or other students in the program, as we’ll be more than willing to help get you on the right track. “

Josh’s favorite course at ENMU, Biological Anthropology with Dr Kuzminsky, was the most difficult course he took, but also the most rewarding. He said: “This class has been very difficult for me because there is a lot of material covered in such a short time. Dr Kuzminsky was always ready to stop and explain things to me further, helping me to calm down. my mind as I tend to overthink a lot of things. As a cultural major I have learned so much from her regarding the biological side of anthropology. I will be taking more classes with her to refine my skills in my field. “

Major in Anthropology was born and raised in Carlsbad, New Mexico, with his older sister, Danette Acosta, now deceased, and younger sister, Sierra Elizondo. Her father is disabled and her mother is a pharmacist. Josh’s biggest dream is to make his father’s dream come true by taking him to visit the temple of Jesus Christ in Jerusalem. “It’s my responsibility to make sure he lives his life to the fullest,” Josh shares. “I try to put his happiness before mine.”

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Josh talks about his decision to go to Eastern: “I originally chose ENMU because having a parent with a disability makes it harder for my mom, and my dad needs me for a lot of things. daily. As a current senior, I want to make sure I stay with him just in case he needs anything. “

The senior has been very active during his time at ENMU, as a member of Kappa Sigma and Mu Alpha Nu, in addition to feeding the homeless and volunteering in assisted living facilities to interact with the homeless. the elderly. He is also a Deputy State Medical Investigator, where he investigates deceased persons in homicides, suicides, natural, unnatural and suspicious deaths.

His academic honors include his appointment to the Dean’s List, receiving an anthropology scholarship, and serving on an all-American college team in New Mexico’s top 10.

Josh’s favorite place in Portales is the home of the Kappa Sigma fraternity, as he spends time with his brothers and receives constant support in his studies. “It’s a place where not only can I feel at home, but where I can also study,” he says. “Sometimes it’s even a place where I can go and clear my head and be with my family.”

What he loves most about being a Greyhound is “the diversity. We have a unique group of individuals who go to college; being a Greyhound is not just about winning games, but also gain new experiences, build better relationships and get to know fellow Greyhounds. are family and always there for you. “

Josh’s hobbies include playing, fishing, and driving four-wheelers. He is currently writing a book on cultural diversity.

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