Gi Colby (she/they)
MUSE since Spring ’23
Hometown: Weston, FL
Major: Anthropology (Pre-PA track)

MUSE Gi Colby at the Harn interacting with a patron at Museum Nights: Express Ourselves

Who is your favorite artist?

My favorite artist is Georgia O’Keeffe. I really like her unique approach to painting and her creative style using different techniques that pushed the boundaries of art.

Why did you decide to return this semester as a MUSE?

The MUSE program is a way for me to decompress from a pretty hectic course load. I am in the pre-health program at UF and tend to get very stressed during the semester. Being a part of the MUSE program allows me to focus on something that brings me happiness outside of school. Coming up with new activities and programs for the Harn has been very fulfilling and one of many reasons I was motivated to return this semester. I am always appreciated here, a feeling that I enjoy and look forward to every week.

What’s a new skill that you’ve learned at the Harn?

During my time as a MUSE, I learned how to work behind the scenes in an art museum. The Harn gave me this first experience and helped me develop a knowledge of museums and artworks. I have been a part of the MUSE program for over a year now, and I learn something new every time I visit the Harn. It is exciting to be able to put my scientific and creative skills into practice.

What does being a MUSE mean to you?

Being a MUSE means collaborating with others to inspire creativity in the community. Working with a team of students, I contribute my skills and interests to come up with inclusive ways to engage visitors. We are able to combine our unique strengths and apply new ideas that go beyond the artwork.

How has your experience as a MUSE helped you beyond the Harn?

My experience as a MUSE has given me the opportunity to work with students from so many different backgrounds. In the pre-health program at UF, we tend to gravitate toward those who have similar interests and career goals. The MUSE program is special because I’ve been able to interact with people outside of my major and from all over the country.

Do you have any advice for students interested in the MUSE program?

Definitely apply to become a MUSE! My other piece of advice is to come in without expectations and fully enjoy the benefits of the MUSE program. I joined for a change of pace, but I have received much more than that. This has been a rewarding and life-changing experience.

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