Undergraduate Student Spotlights

Michelle Sdao

Michelle Sdao

History and Anthropological Sciences 
Ottawa, OH

Areas of Interest:
Michelle studies early Christianity and the ancient Near East, and is focusing her research on the relationship between mystery cults and Christianity in the first three centuries A.D. Last summer, she studied abroad in Isthmia, Greece with History Professor Dr. Tim Gregory and she is currently volunteering at the Ohio History Connection in the Research Archives Library.

Advice to Prospective Students:
To students considering a history major, Michelle would tell them that Ohio State is one of the best places to pursue that degree. There are so many fields of study and so many esteemed faculty that are here to help students. The major prepares students for numerous different careers in history, law, communications, or the government sector.  The options are endless in the History Department at Ohio State, and Michelle would recommend the major to anyone, whether they want to pursue history as a career or study history as a means of developing the skills necessary for other jobs.
 

 

Jimmy Longo

Jimmy Longo

History, Pre-Law
Marion, OH

Areas of Interest:
Jimmy’s interests are generally around WWII and the Korean War, specifically the importance of Air Force maintenance technicians in the Korean War. His late grandfather served in the USAF during the Korean War as a maintenance technician and Jimmy is interested in the effect that he and other technicians had on the scope of the war and in serving in the capacity that they did.
 
Advice to Prospective Students
Jimmy would recommend that those considering majoring in history, especially those coming in undecided or considering switching, take one or two history courses that intrigue them. Whether it be Intro Russian History, History 2800, or a class about the Vietnam War, taking any history class could in turn flip the switch to future career success.

 

Morgan Moon

Morgan Moon

History
Circleville, OH

Areas of Interest
Being a first-year, Morgan is currently exploring all the great opportunities the Department of History has to offer. Her future career goals are to go on to graduate school and become a history professor with a focus on the American Civil War. She plans to participate on the WWII Study Abroad Trip offered by the Department her sophomore year, emphasizing research and internship opportunities. 
 
Advice for Perspective Students:
Morgan suggests that students get involved with the Department as early as possible through activities such as guest speakers or Phi Alpha Theta events. It's a great way to meet faculty and other engaged students with similar interests. Also, it is okay to not know your area of study when going into your freshman year. The history major allows for exploration in various historical themes and lets you try out different interests.  
 
 
 

Kristen Wisecarver

Kristen Wisecarver

History, Pre-Education
Powell, OH

Areas of Interest:
Kristen is pursuing a major in history with a concentration in North America, a minor in geography, and the stated goal of master’s in education in order to teach high school social studies. She is especially interested in World War II, and it was actually Modern European History (History 2204), taught by Dr. Laura Herron, that inspired her to pursue a history major.
 
Advice for Perspective Students:
First, Kristen suggests that students work their way up to the upper division classes. As a commuter, one of her top priorities was to fit required courses into a reasonable schedule. Second, take a class outside of your comfort zone, it is intellectually rewarding to broaden your knowledge beyond the history you took in high school. Finally, you will develop your reading and writing abilities through History, which can be applied to many careers. All of this experience has made her extremely confident as a student; an important trait when preparing for life after college.
 
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