Erik Sommer

At what point in your college career did you realize that History was the major for you?

My second semester. I took classes with Dr. Tomhave Blauvelt and Dr. Curran and instantly felt right at home.

Of all your experiences in pursuing your degree, what was the greatest lesson you learned?

Patience. And how to be true and honest and dedicated to my work.

How has having your degree led to your career or shaped your life?

It has led me to pursue a master's degrees in other fields of interest. (I have a MFA in studio arts from The City College of New York, and am getting a MLS from Columbia University, where I work in the Preservation Department of Butler Library). I would also like to get a PhD.

If there is one History class you could take over again, what would it be? Why?

Any class with Dr. Curran. She is amazing. She helps bring history to life, and also brought out interesting conversations from her students.

What do you miss most about your college experience?

My friends, and the campuses. Especially SJU.

Do you have any advice for current history majors/minors at CSB/SJU?

Follow your heart and interests. If you honestly do, your life will be full of surprises and wonderful experiences, and success.