Student Spotlight: Hector
On the benefits of studying history:
"Instead of treating things as black & white, you develop the skills required to see how things are interconnected. In the current political climate, having the ability to connect the past to the present and critically analyze the situation is a valuable asset."
What made you want to study History?
As a child, I always had an interest in learning the origin of things. I was that annoying little boy always asking why. I fulfilled this need to know why in the classroom, learning history. All the throughout high school my interest in the subject stood out, compared to many of my friends who were just dying for a class to end. During my first and second year in college, I tried unsuccessfully to convince myself to study a field that paid more. However, I found history courses in college to be far more rewarding and I couldn’t see myself majoring in any other subject. I chose passion over profit.
How does a background in history change how you see the world or help you in your daily life?
I find that the worldview gained by studying history is one of the most, if not the most, rewarding aspects of studying history. It allows you to see the big picture. Instead of treating things as black and white, you develop the skills to see how things are interconnected. In the current political climate, having the ability to connect the past to the present and critically analyze the situation is a valuable asset.
What topics in history are you most interested in?
Although I am interested in all history, I am well versed in American, Chicano, and Mexican history. Recently, I have grown an interest in Middle Eastern history.
What has been your favorite class, and why?
My favorite class, this quarter has been Women and Gender in the Middle East because I learned that the region is not a monolithic region as is portrayed in American media. This region is and has been interconnected with Western society for centuries. It is also a very important region to the world and it should be studied. Given the current political climate, the knowledge I gained from this is of great value to me.
What do you want to do in the future?
In the near future, I want to attend graduate school. Ultimately, I want to be a college professor at a research institution or community college.
What could the History department do differently/more to help you and other undergraduates?
It would be helpful for the history department to create a suggestive list of classes geared toward a certain emphasis in history to help first-year students or third-year transfer students gain a sense of direction.
Favorite movie: Crash
Favorite musician or band: J. Cole
If I could travel anywhere I would travel to: Philippines
If I could learn anything, it would be how to: Speak Arabic
Which person in history would you most like to meet: Fidel Castro