“Don’t study because you need to. Study because knowledge is power. Study because they can never take it away from you. Study because you want to know more. Study because it enhances you. Study because it grows you.”

I’m a History major and an English literature minor. Basically, you can sum-up my day by saying I did a lot of reading, and I challenged my perspective. It’s a good thing. Sometimes I learn a new piece of information and it is utterly heartbreaking. Other times, I simply realize that without those of us learning all the hard and often thought-provoking questions, there will always be aspects to the world around us that we do not understand. I have learned over my last three years in university, that hard work really does require a ton of concentration. I have also learned however that it’s really up to the student to carry their own education. If there is something you are passionate about, you need to work hard, pursue it and not give up.

This semester I have been focusing on 400 level history classes and getting back into writing for English. (Which I have not done in a really long time.) I love my classes because they allow for a deeper focus on work that has always made me passionate. One class with one of my favorite professors, focuses on the dictators of Stalin and Hitler and how their regimes rose to power, controlled power and ultimately how they fell.

Another class, taught by a very knowledgeable professor of mine, focuses on the military side of World War II. While the who did what and why they made decisions is my absolute passion, I have a lot of difficulty actually caring about tank or submarine manufacturing and how they were designed lol.

I think the above quote is really important for all students to remember. that in the midst of the work we do, the papers we write and the exams we sit, we do not study for that A+ that will eventually go unnoticed. We, the students study for ourselves.