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History is all about learning from the past. Using the knowledge that has been gained through thousands of years of stories and research. Understanding how societies have been built, where people have grown and changed or why governments function the way they do, help us understand the world we live in now.
Why did you decide to study history?
I have always had a passion for history. History classes were always my favorite in school. I was not able to answer the question of why I like history until a friend of mine pointed out something that changed my whole perspective. He said simply, "History is just stories." It’s true! I have always loved reading, watching and hearing stories, so it should come as no surprise that history classes interested me. History involves characters, plots, themes and all history in the beginning was just stories passed down from generation to generation.
What was your favorite class that you took in your major? And why?
At VCU, I have had the great opportunity to branch outside of the usual U.S. history classes that I took throughout grade school. One of my favorite classes has been History of the Middle East from 600 - 1600. The class was so interesting because I was learning things that had never been in any of my classes before. I was learning about early civilizations that until then, I only read during my free time and never solely focused on that one topic. There are so many classes that I have been lucky to have this experience with throughout my major.
Who was your favorite professor in your major? And why?
One of my favorite professors was Dr. Brooke Newman. She had really interesting projects that got us to experience history within our area. We wrote a report about one of the many famous monuments in Richmond and then presented it in class. Sharing the knowledge we gained about these historic monuments and then learning about the others was very informative and it made me realize how history is all around us. I was in her class for Introduction to Historical Study and I always enjoyed her class.
Why should students consider history as a major?
History is all about learning from the past. Using the knowledge that has been gained through thousands of years of stories and research. Understanding how societies have been built, where people have grown and changed, or why governments function the way they do, help us understand the world we live in now. We live history everyday and we learn something new about our world. To be a part of history and to watch events unfold around us everyday excites me for the future generations that will be thankful that we wrote our stories down.
I chose this degree because I have a passion for learning and understanding. If you are open-minded and excited to learn, then history is for you.
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