When I was in high school I took some AP history classes and I loved my teacher and the subjects I was in. AP European History led me to the path I am on today because I loved getting more in depth lessons in that class. My teacher pushed me to be a better writer and helped me become passionate about history. When I came to UB I was not completely sure what I wanted my major to be but I primarily took history courses even though I did not declare my major until going into my Junior year. History is the most fascinating and intriguing subject to me because I believe it is important to study where we came from, how societies developed, and history can even teach us about our futures. Becoming part of the History Department at UB was one of my best decisions as it is full of the greatest professors on campus and the most interesting of subjects, there is something for everyone.
My favorite class was one of the seminars I took, HIS424 – Topics in American Social History, with Dr. Cahn. It was the first seminar course I had taken and I enjoyed the small class size and how the students really ran the discussion. I am not one who often likes to speak up in class but in a course like this one you have to, and Dr. Cahn really made everyone feel comfortable to share their differing views which made for an even better experience. Throughout the semester Dr. Cahn also helped us a lot with our writing, separating the different tasks of writing a true research paper and then having us put them together to write one paper on a topic of our choosing at the end of the semester. For a professor to not only help us learn about an important topic such as sexuality and the law but to also help us, as history majors, to truly understand how to write a great history paper was extremely helpful.
My ultimate goal is to earn my PhD and teach at the university level. I want to continue to study topics concerning 20th century European History and later become a professor. Being a history major has not only helped me to become a better writer which will be essential in my later career, but it has also allowed me to come in contact with many wonderful professors who have exemplified what I hope to be in the future. It has also allowed me to study topics outside that of my main interest due to major requirements and the many classes offered at UB.
There are many great historical spots around Buffalo but one of my favorites would have to be the Erie Canal. I have visited the Canal many times, starting when I was young on class field trips in elementary school and I have been back since I have gotten older. To experience the Lockport Locks and visit the Erie Canal Museum is always a treat. Another great spot is Forest Lawn Cemetery. It is home to some of the most famous and most beautiful memorials, and after taking History of Death in America at UB and learning more about the cemetery, it is one of my favorite historical sites in Buffalo.
There are many I would like to invite to dinner however I would say Winston Churchill tops the list. World War II is my favorite historical topic and Winston Churchill was essential in the British victory during the war. He is a controversial figure in history and I believe that would only make for more interesting conversation.