Colby Birdsell graduated with University Honors from TCU in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in History. As a member of TCU’s Honors Program, she particularly enjoyed her Honors Colloquia courses and working as a student assistant in the Honors offices. Following graduation, Colby remained at TCU to pursue a graduate degree, earning a Master of Arts in History in 2010. Her thesis, “’A Rare Combination of Advantages’: Women and Higher Education at Add-Ran College, 1873-1910,” allowed her to become a TCU historian, delving into the earliest years of the University’s development.
As a graduate student, Colby served as an Honors teaching assistant for Dr. Ron Pitcock’s Cultural Memory course in its inaugural year. Following the completion of her Master’s, she remained on staff in the Honors College, assisting in a variety of ways with the office and advising. Colby worked as a Dual Credit Specialist at Hill College in 2011 and 2012, joined the John V. Roach Honors College staff as an Academic Advisor in July 2012, and took on the role of Honors Coordinator in 2016. She is glad to be back at TCU working with Honors students and wearing purple as frequently as possible!