To get the basics out of the way all at one time; 20 years old, youngest of four, I am from NOVA, winter is the best, and waffles are superior to pancakes. My interest in history and why I like it enough to major in it do stem from where I grew up and my interest early on. I grew up in a historic area, Manassas, we have battlefields and our own little museum to the history of the area. The larger portion comes from research in Egyptian history and the lineage of the English monarchs. I am not sure how widespread it is for other people, but I feel like the fascination in the history of Europe and Egypt because are because these two places have such expansive histories. Fast forward some years, while in school, field trips to museums around the National Mall were a must. I had been to the Air and Space Museum most, so when I was able to go to the National History Museum or Art Museum it made the trips that much more fun. We were limited by time on how long we could stay so I was never able to see everything or read as in-depth as I wanted to. It is something I hope to remedy in the future.
Truthfully the largest factor in why I am majoring in history is because math and science are annoying and I would much rather not have to deal with them for four plus years. The time in middle school and high school were enough for me. Not to say I don’t enjoy math or science but I would rather not be bothered with them if I can help it. Which is hard because my mother was a math teacher for twenty-three plus years and I was in a rocket club all through middle school and freshman year of high school. The club was not so bad though because we didn’t focus solely on the calculations behind shooting a rocket in the air with an egg and making sure it doesn’t break as it crashes to the ground. The building and modeling aspect was more enjoyable for me and why I stuck with it for so long. But when I take math and science classes that is when I start to slowly feel my soul leave my body and descend into a new plane of existence leaving my physical body to experience the constant torment of trying to figure out what the answer to the math problem is or the periodic table of elements.
The human connect in history is so important to discuss when talking about history. Knowing that Christopher Columbus sailed the “ocean blue in 1492” is super cool, but what about after and the people who were affected by this invasion of European powers. Or why he had to go to Spain in the first place and not England. That is what is most interesting to me. It is so full of drama and people making horrible decisions that have rippling effects into the future. And this is where I want to spend my future and working years to figure out. In either museums or out in open spaces finding answers and the way humans have greatly changed and affected each other and what they left behind.
In conclusion, museums are great, math and science are the worst, Columbus can suck it, and I hope to bring to light the human connections between people and nations in history that just aren’t number dates and boring facts.