Recently we have been asked to explain why each of us has been asked why we chose to study history in college. What about a degree in history appealed to us?
Personally, I chose to study history because it intrigued me. I am the ancient history lover of the group and I am fascinated by early civilizations that laid the foundations for the rest of the world. I’m talking about the greats, Egypt, Mesopotamia, Persia, Rome, and more. Many people back then believed that these empires were the heart of the world. Each civilization laid another layer of life onto the world (that sounds odd but let me explain). Each civilization took what its predecessors knew and expounded upon them: reaching new heights in technology, strategy, architecture, medicine, warfare, agriculture, etc. We are the world we are today because of how those empires built us. That is what draws me in with history. The fact that every aspect of our lives today has some root in the past and as a historian I get to trace that root back to its source.
I really cannot fathom why people think that history is unimportant to today’s society and everyday life. Everything you encounter has a past full of incredible information and realizing that opens the door to so much. Too often history is associated with the memorization of dates and names, but it is actually the study of a story that is directly relevant to every one of us.