I began my tenure at Temple University in August of 2006 as an undeclared student. I signed up for a world history class my first semester as it had long been a favorite subject of mine. Before the year was out, I had declared a double major in both History and Economics and had joined the History Honors Program. Temple’s History department rapidly became my home-away-from-home where I bonded with my fellow undergraduates, graduate students and professors.
I fell in love with history because it has always fed my natural curiosity about everything around me. Studying history tells us everything we need to know about our past, present and future while aiding in the development of critical reading and writing, researching and public speaking skills. Through the Temple History Honors Program I was able to hone my research skills and was awarded a grant which allowed me to spend nearly a month in both London’s National Archives and the Mass Observation Archives in Sussex, England to complete my project. It was during my research on this project that I discovered my interest in the various ways that data can be stored and accessed and thus lead me down a path to a career in database management and development.
In my junior year at Temple, disappointed by the lack of an undergraduate organization for students in the social sciences, I worked with other students to create TUHSSA (the Temple Undergraduate History and Social Sciences Organization). I served as the president until my graduation a year later. Working with TUHSSA advanced my leadership abilities and prepared me for working in a team environment.
After I left Temple I began working as a Database Administrator. I earned a Masters Degree from Drexel University in 2014 in Information Systems. My current role is as a BI Developer at Softmart, a major software and hardware re-seller in Downingtown, PA.
History has helped me become a better writer, introduced me to the intricacies of research and allowed me to overcome a fear of public speaking. Best of all, it has aided me in the pursuit of a successful career in database management and development. History remains a large part of my life, it is my go-to topic for new books and movies and my inspiration to travel and visit museums around the world.