We are going to do a new thing this month. I see it as a way to keep me posting on a daily basis, as well as a way or you to get to know me and maybe to ind new topics to write about.
My blog’s name isn’t really anything special. At the time, it was a name that pertained to what I had wanted to blog about when I first started the blog. Over time the blog has kind of evolved and headed into a different direction. I am completely okay with that. Come back tomorrow to read 20 acts about me.
How is everyone? I am looking for new topic suggestions for this year. I want to let you know some of the things I’m thinking about doing this year. As always, we will continue the QOTD and my posts from any trips I take this year. I would also like to start up a literary review/discussion. Something that we can interact with each other over. I also want to do a series that discusses historical events. I am looking for suggestions as to what you would like to read about, learn about, and/or discuss. Your opinions are always welcome here no matter what.
Please, please, please let me know what you would like to see, what you would like to have me review, your favorite book at the time, etc. Is there any historical events you want to read about or discuss? Is there a current event you would like to discuss? I want to know, so please leave a comment down below and let me know what you want to see. I have a goal to write at least once a day from now until the end of the year.
“I am what I am, an’ I’m not ashamed. ‘Never be ashamed,’ my ol’ dad used ter say, ‘there’s some who’ll hold it against you, but they’re not worth botherin’ with.”
~~ Hagrid, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
“We must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy.”
~~ Albus Dumbledore
“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.”
~~ Andre Gide
“Science is simply the word we use to describe a method of organizing our curiosity.”
~~ Tim Minchin
“If the stars should appear but one night every thousand years, how man would marvel and stare.”
~~Ralph Waldo Emerson
“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”
~~ Winnie the Pooh
I have had an epiphany involving my research of schools in Europe. I’m dissatisfied with the things my school offers for history majors. They only offer a select number of courses and forget specialization when you’re studying history here. Your required to study 2 classes each in three different geographic distributions and after you do that you only have 2 more class slots that are available for you to fill. None of your electives can be history related! What if I want to specialize in a specific area of history? Gah so frustrating! Many European schools that offer liberal arts studies offer a history degree but they also offer more specialized degrees as well as combined degrees that are so much more in depth and flexible than any school I have found in America. You want to specialize in Scottish History, go to Scotland, British History, go anywhere in the UK, Irish or Celtic History, go to Ireland. Not to mention they offer whole degrees around ancient and medieval history. Why can’t America offer that more often? The truth is it’s because not as many people pay attention to history outside of the country and the ones that do study the more widely studied topics. I sat down with my advisor today and that was when i came to the realization that I would be better off studying overseas. The prices are even comparable to studying anywhere in my home state and staying on campus. I don’t know why I didn’t look into all of this before I came to a school that lets me take only 8 actual history courses and forces me to take other classes as electives when I could be taking more history courses. I realize that not all American schools are like this when it comes to certain majors. I’m only talking about my own experience.
What are your thoughts on the subject? I always welcome your comments.
“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”