When I look back on my career thus far, I see my time at Providence College as a foundational experience that positioned me for success in many ways. As a history major, with the added benefit of the Development of Western Civilization requirement, I gained an understanding of why things are the way they are and that you could apply the lessons of history in an attempt to engineer a certain outcome in the future.
It was this realization that drove me to seek out and talk to as many people as I could as I neared graduation in an attempt to understand the personal history of those I admired in an effort to plot my own career path. It was through this process that I realized the truth in the old Mark Twain quote, that although ‘history does not repeat itself, it does rhyme.’ By embracing this approach I was able to pursue a course based on certain principles gleaned from these conversations that I knew would serve me well, even though I did not have a clear view of my destination. The history department and Professor Donna McCaffrey, specifically, provided my first push along the journey that eventually led me to a successful career in financial services. For this I will be forever grateful.
The department’s diverse course offerings, ranging from History of the Modern Middle East to the History of Africa, distinctly shaped my historical passion and affirmed my decision to attend graduate school. Both in and out of the classroom, the PC history faculty are not only leaders in their respective fields, but exemplary guides for students as they navigate and chart their intellectual interests. I particularly benefited from the optional honors thesis project, which allowed me to create original scholarship under the direction of an approachable and supportive expert in my field of interest.
A degree in history from PC allowed me to acquire a strong understanding of how historical, political, and cultural factors influence governmental policies and practices at the local and national level. My history professors challenged me to pursue independent interdisciplinary research and engage in critical discussions with my classmates. The critical thinking and analytical skills I gained from PC has enabled me to examine the broader implications of current health care reform and health care delivery policies.