History 110L WI: The American Experience
As a leadership cohort, we have to take required classes with an L at the end of the title, signifying that they have something to do with leadership. This semester, we all took HST 110 L, a writing intensive history class, taught by Catherine Tobin. Tobin is a tiny, Irish woman who is so very enthusiastic about the subject, and loves talking about great historical leaders.During this class, we looked at presidents, and other significant people from Columbus, all the way to Nixon.
During the class, we really didn’t focus to much on the events of history, but rather the historical figures who led the country throughout the years. Tobin put a lot of emphasis on what these people did, and how that related to what happened throughout history. I think this class related to leadership the most out of our other “L” courses just because she focused on teaching us about these great leaders. We wrote around 5-6 papers that were solely about different leaders and what traits or background experience they had that made them such great leaders. Right now, at the end of the semester, we were assigned a research paper on a great leader who we could pick from, and I chose to write on Eleanor Roosevelt (EL). Writing this paper has taught me so much about EL and how much of an impact she had made through her life, and well beyond.
I learned that EL had a passion for social justice and helping people, and even if she wasn’t married to a president, she still would have made quite a difference. I feel that it is important for the leaders of today to learn about the leaders of yesterday. This way, they can see what to do the same and differently to make just as big, or even bigger, of an impact. After taking this course, I think that I am going to appreciate history and the leaders from it a lot more. History, for a lot of people, is just a boring subject that is required for us to take, but I now think that it is important to know. We can learn a lot from history and avoid a lot of misfortune by knowing what to do and what not to do.
Even though this class was quite challenging at times, I’m very glad I got to take it because it opened my mind to a whole new part of a subject that I had dreaded before.