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 Anthony G. from Reading, Massachusetts. Anthony is a History and Secondary Education double major.
What are your favorite hobbies or activities?
Why did you become a history major?
For as long as I can remember I have had a love for history. Some of my fondest childhood memories were going to bookstores or the public library with my parents to sift through the shelves, reading about all the fascinating events and people of our past. Before I even stepped foot in a history class my interest in the subject was alive and well, so choosing that as a major was a no-brainer.
What is one book from a history class that will stick with you?
The last history course I took at Saint Anselm, History of New England with Professor Salerno, had a required book titled “Images of New England” by Joseph Conforti. This book did a tremendous job of identifying and elaborating upon the imagery of this region, things that I had previously only taken at face-value. I now think back to this book and class when I drive by an old New England stone wall or Congregational Church by a town green and appreciate the historical context.
What is a fond memory you will have about your time as a history major?
When they brought a cotton candy machine onto campus during the spring of my sophomore year, Professor Pajakowski along with the rest of my Modern Germany class indulged in some as Pajakowski continued to lecture as if nothing were out of the ordinary.
Who was the most interesting or intriguing historical figure that you learned about while at Saint Anselm?
Walter Gropius, who founded the Bauhaus school of architecture. It was fascinating to learn that this style of architecture, developed just after World War I, had such a large impact on the style of skyscrapers that we see in major American cities today.
If you could live in a time and place that you studied, what would it be?
Timbuktu during the height of the Songhai Empire (studied in Understanding Jihad in West Africa with Professor Hardin). The city became a bustling crossroads of culture, education, and commerce and would have been fascinating to witness.
Do you have any plans after graduation?
I hope to teach high school social studies after graduating and receiving my teaching certification. I have had a great student teaching experience and know I will carry the great experiences and information provided by the Saint Anselm history department into wherever my career takes me.