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The Past for the Present: the New Mock Briefings Program and Reasons to Study History

By Cristina Belli

On a sunny day in September, I made a phone call home to my parents, eager to share all the wonderful experiences I was having in my first weeks at college. It was a routine conversation: How were my classes? Was I making any friends? How bad was the food? Amidst the flurry of inquiries, I quietly mentioned I had decided to declare history as my major. An uncomfortably long pause followed … and then an incredulous, “What?”

In my 18 years of life, I had always been determined to follow in my parents’ footsteps, studying economics and making a life for myself somewhere in the financial world—or maybe at the World Bank, like my father.

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My First Year in Graduate School

By Skyler Reidy 

To celebrate a new academic year, we solicited reflections from three early-career historians on their first years in new positions. Today, Skyler Reidy talks about his first year in graduate school as a PhD candidate. 

September 21, 2015