Lauren Souther

Job Title

Archives Technician, National Archives and Records Administration

Job Description

I greet researchers as they enter the lobby research commons, assists researchers with record location, especially with military pensions and service records (Rev War, War of 1812, Indian Wars, Mexican War, Civil War) and other records.  I also ensure researchers are handling records according to safety and preservation protocol, and I pull and refile records when needed. 

Favorite thing about your job

My favorite part of the job is definitely helping people solve a family history puzzle. Seeing their faces when they find information they have been searching for for years, gives me so much joy and fulfillment. Of course, the records themselves are really interesting. Getting to see signatures of famous military personnel never gets old.

Favorite thing about your experience in our MA program

My favorite thing about Appalachian State was the class size and the one-on-one mentorship between the faculty and students. It was so easy to get to know my fellow students, since the classes sizes were so small. The professors were so approachable and available when I had a question about an assignment or a lesson. I knew I could go to them for professional guidance whenever I needed it. 

Advice for future students

Do not be afraid to take chances. Be confident in yourself. If you see a job that you want but it is in a different state or the job description looks tricky, apply anyway. Have self-confidence and never put a limit on your capabilities. Live life with no regrets!