The class of 2020 is having an unusual final semester, to say the least. While it is no replacement for a graduation ceremony, we thought it would be nice to have a little feature for each of our graduating seniors.
Today’s featured student is Matthew B.
Why did you become a history major?
I’m a history major because history has fascinated me since I was a kid. My dad is also interested in History.
What is one book from a history class that will stick with you?
A book that will stick with me would be Village Life in Tsarist Russia by Olga Semyonova Tian-Shanskaia.
What is a fond memory you will have about your time as a history major?
A fond memory that I have is reading the graphic and megalomaniacal royal inscriptions of Sennacherib, king of Assyria.
Who was the most interesting or intriguing historical figure that you learned about while at Saint Anselm?
An intriguing historical figure would be Catalina de Erauso, a lesbian cross-dressing nun who travelled around 17th century Spain and Latin America gambling, womanizing, and killing people.
If you could live in a time and place that you studied, what would it be?
I would like to live in the Neo-Assyrian empire in early 7th century BCE. I would work as temple priest and live in a Ziggurat. There I would collect tribute, sacrifice goats, and observe the heavens looking for signs from Assur.
Do you have any plans after graduation?
I plan on being a High School teacher after graduation. If that doesn’t work out I plan on being a professional unemployed person.