Shane Zhang

Shane Zhang

Shane Zhang, BA Student

BA Student

What drew you to a History major at UB?

The truth is: I switched four majors during my freshman year before I decide to commit to a History Major. I can’t thank Dr. Thornton enough for pushing me through this, and I have to say the History Department at UB has a great amount to offer. The faculty members are super approachable and always willing to help students. Plus, I just love the feeling to be surrounded by a group of dangerously overeducated individuals, makes you feel smarter than ever.

What has been your favorite class or experience so far?

I truly can’t play this pick-one-game since I absolutely loved most of my classes with my whole heart. Nevertheless, to answer the question I would say my favorite experience would be working on my research projects with Dr. Stapleton. Working with her is as fulfilling/ thrilling as being on an endless adventure. Because every time when I decide to take a pause, she will add more depth or mysteriousness to my project, by offering her incisive comments, or simply by adding a new piece of evidence. It feels like riding a roller-coaster: before one second you almost feel like you are competent, and the next moment you just realize you are completely ignorant. This way, I have to keep and always be curious and ready for more.

What do you hope to do after graduation, and how do you see your History major preparing you for that goal?

I am thinking about an MA program on Eastern Asian Studies or law school if I completely lost my mind… Either way, I think a History major has taught me three of the greatest skills which I could apply to anywhere: the capability to think broadly across those socially-constructed boundaries, the modesty to kneel down before the unknown and the undiscovered, finally the faith to continue writing without falling part constantly… 

What are your favorite history spots in the Buffalo area?

The Broadway Market for sure! Either for the history or for the food!

If you could have dinner with one famous historical person, who would it be?

Definitely, Oscar Wilder, I could hear him being sarcastic for an entire evening without a single pause.