Internship Spotlight: Aaron Barksdale, Senior Communication Studies Major, Longwood University

The Moton Museum is excited to welcome Aaron Barksdale as our Communications Intern for the spring of 2022. Aaron is from Farmville, Virginia, and a graduate of Prince Edward County High School.  Aaron is a Senior at Longwood University. We are excited to have Aaron working with us this fall. Welcome, Aaron!

Where do you attend school, what is your major?

I am a Communications Studies Major

How did you first come to learn about the Moton Story?

I first came into the Moton Story by talking to my relatives who were part of the student led walkout here in Farmville.

What inspired you to apply for our Moton Internship Program?

I wanted to interact more with a beacon of Black History right in my hometown because an opportunity like this is very rare.

What are your future career goals and how will work with Moton impact that works?

I plan to work in mental health services as a counselor in the future. I want to do this because we have had many impactful events that happened to Black people that caused us to suppress a lot of pain and we need to make a change and talk about it.

What is your favorite quote?

My favorite quote is ” Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.”

Who is someone you really admire and why?

Someone I really admire would be my advisor for my major Jeffery Halliday. He is a hardworking man who doesn’t run from a challenge and always will be there for you at the end of the day.

What has been your favorite college course and why?

My favorite college course so far has been Digital Storytelling. I got to make a documentary and it was challenging but I enjoyed making it and it showcased my skills in my major.


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