So history has never been my favorite subject, and to be honest I hate it. To add to my discontent with this course, ALL of my cohort’s mentors warned us on how hard the class was. Awesome…
To my delight, it wasn’t as bad as I had been told. Granted, our professors lesson plans and curriculum had changed. It was a great relief, though I still took the course credit/no credit. I was particularly nervous because I’m not the best writer, and the course was writing intensive. It is even harder to write about something you don’t find interesting in the least.
I don’t have to tell you about all the great leaders we learned about–Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, etc. I think the most interesting part about relearning the histories of these significant leaders, was their down falls. George Washington was a repeat adulterer, and Ben Franklin would leave his wife for months and months on end without returning her correspondence. We laugh about it now, but in reality, if that was anyone else, other than the men who shaped our nation, it would be frowned upon. I think a huge take away from this class, for me, was the natural ability to be human, be a leader, and make a difference. Leaders don’t have to be perfect to inspire amazing change. It also brings these men down to our level in some way.
It is also so fascinating to think that I have been taking history courses for most of my educational career and there will never be a day where I stop learning something new. Whether it be Washington’s extracurricular activities, or Andrew Carnegie’s rise to riches, I will always be surprised and amazed by the ones who came before us and inspired the leadership I personally strive for today.
When I think about our history and the fearless actions displayed, I think “I wish I was capable of something so crazy.” I hope I inspire someone to say that one day.