I’ve always loved reading and writing about history. Graduate school for history was something I always wanted to do. The University at Buffalo’s History Department has an excellent reputation and an incredibly knowledgeable faculty. The opportunity to do graduate work at UB means you get to study and think about history at high level. That’s something that attracted me to study here.
Dr. Andreas Daum’s Twentieth Century Europe Seminar has been my favorite class. It’s an interesting course with excellent readings that each provide a unique perspective. The decision to use historical films was a great addition to syllabus. The best experience of graduate school is the ability to work with peers who are friendly and really passionate about history.
After graduation, I’d love to continue studying for a PhD. After that, I’d love to teach history at the college or high school level. I think the MA program at UB does a good job preparing you for the expectations and rigor of studying for a doctorate.
My favorite history spot in Buffalo is Old Fort Niagara. During the Seven Years’ War, it was the site of a key battle that gave the British control of access to the Niagara River. It’s a beautiful state park that’s perfect for a summertime excursion.
I’d have dinner with Robert Oppenheimer. I’ve always been fascinated by his life and the history of the Manhattan Project.