Alumni Tale: Kimberly Bird ’02

What did you study at UNH?

History

What were you doing 1 year out of college?

Working as an Administrative Assistant at the Muskie School of Public Service in Portland, Maine.

What were you doing 5 years out of college?

Still working at Muskie, and taking classes part time in music at the University of Southern Maine.

What were you doing 10 years out of college?

What are you doing now?

Full time self-employed professional musician. I perform and teach extensively in the Denver area. I also tutor special needs students in reading comprehension and writing, building significantly off of my time as a history major at UNH!

How do you feel your time at UNH has had an impact on where you are today?

I absolutely 100% would not be where I am without UNH. The history department pushed me to become an effective communicator, both verbally and in writing. It also fostered a curiosity and resourcefulness that has served me well when presented with academic and professional challenges. Although my career path eventually led away from history, having the level of discipline and attention to detail needed to be successfully self-employed most definitely came from my studies at UNH. My work as a private writing tutor also would not be possible without the skills I acquired at UNH. The solid foundation of my degree will be with me forever, and I feel very fortunate to have had the experience.

Why do you believe in UNH?

I believe in UNH because they push their students to take the extra step, and to not be satisfied with simply “getting it done.”