At what point in your college experience did you realize that History was the major for you?
It was my first year when I used the CSB/SJU archives for a Symposium research paper. The experience in the archives was a great lesson of putting things in perspective. It made me realize that my own experiences weren't that much different from those who were here before.
Of all of your experiences in pursuing your degree, what was the greatest lesson you learned?
Maybe not the greatest lesson, but most reassuring is that I am able to apply my interest in history to virtually anything I want to do.
How has having your degree led to your career or shaped your life?
My interest in history and cultures inspired me to live in Japan, work at the MN Historical Society Library, and get a Masters in Teaching. I would have to say it has steered me from one thing to the next, and I haven’t been disappointed yet.
If there is one History class that you could take all over again, what would it be? Why?
I never took an Ancient Greece/Rome course, and I sort of wished I had. No special reason other than I find it interesting.
What do you miss most about your college experience?
The things I miss the most about college are the free lectures, plays, music, etc. There was always something going on and it was so convenient.
Do you have any advice for current history majors/minors at CSB/SJU?
You can get a job with a History degree, and it’s even possible to get a job that allows you to actually use it!