In this post, senior Michael Romero Moore of Madrid, Spain shares his thoughts on what being a part of the Duquesne History Department has meant to him. Michael is a history major with an art history minor.
|Dr. Alima Bucciantini with Michael Romero Moore as he receives 3rd place for the Clio Award for Undergraduate Research.|
As my undergraduate career at Duquesne is ending, being asked to do this reflection results in a truly contemplative mental review of my past decisions and how those have resulted in living a truly positive, transformative experience as a member of Duquesne’s History Department. I’m actually upset that I have only been part of the History family--because it truly is a family in my opinion--for four semesters. I switched my major from sports marketing to history at the beginning of my junior year, knowing nothing of the department, and having no particular expectations. This turned out to be a pivotal decision in my life. As a student that needs to be interested and motivated in his classes to be an active participant, I found myself in classes with professors that were not only dynamic and engaging, but were incredibly intelligent and qualified. However, the most important characteristic of Duquesne’s history professors has been their capacity to get students motivated to push themselves to their full potential, and make them realize there is no ceiling to what one can do with a history degree.
Having been a student of half the department's faculty, and having met the others at various departmental events and gatherings, I can truly say that our department’s most valuable asset is our faculty members and staff. As a student graduating in three weeks with hopes to pursue a masters degree in history, I hope that whichever institution I end up landing on the faculty and staff is half as inspiring and motivating as Duquesne History’s faculty and staff have been. I leave with great pride in having worked under such incredible professionals.