“I love that history is a non-fiction story, but a story nonetheless.”
There was never a turning point for me, or a time when I first got interested in history. My parents have always encouraged me to travel around the world, and to this day I am always curious about the history of each continent, country, or state I visit. Traveling allows me to develop a deeper understanding of my surroundings, and to know that history was made on land I stood on astonishes me. Not too long ago, the Mock Trial team from my school was in the state finals, which took place in Faneuil Hall. To give an opening statement where Samuel Adams declared his own views was a mind-blowing experience. I love that history is a non-fiction story, but a story nonetheless.
Which period of history currently interests you the most? Why?
I don’t have one particular period in history of special interest to me. However, I am especially intrigued by the interplay between religious movements and political forces that have shaped our current societies. For example, I wrote a term paper—that was published in The Concord Review—about the Anti-Confucius Campaign in China from 1973-73 because I was interested in the Maoists’ use of anti-religious rhetoric to further their political goals. Recently, I wrote a term paper about the mid-19th century struggle between the Republican Party and the emerging Mormon Church, again examining similar issues regarding the use of anti-religious rhetoric to gain political goals.
What do you see yourself doing in the future?
I see myself pursuing science and writing, preferably together. I love seeing how things work by discovering the deeper effects and implications of science phenomena in our society. I also love to write poetry, short stories, and non-fiction pieces. To be able to combine my curiosity and interest in science with writing would be such a meaningful profession for me.