hidden gems book cover

Book cover created by collaborative creativity class for "Hidden Gems: Stories of the Idaho Museum of Natural History."

As a student at Idaho State University, I had the opportunity to write and publish a book about the Idaho Museum of Natural History with a few other students in a management class. We spent about three months researching, interviewing, writing and revising in order to get a finished product —titled “Hidden Gems” — that we felt proud of. Although I have yet to see the final book in its physical form I’m very proud of myself and my fellow classmates.

Throughout our work during the semester, we talked repeatedly about collaboration, specifically in regards to how to foster a positive creative environment when there were so many cooks in the kitchen. I think the lessons I learned can be applied to fostering good community growth and involvement.

Natalie Hughes is an Idaho State University student and a copy editor at the Idaho State Journal. She can be found at nataliehughes.substack.com.

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