Updated: May 13
What can you do with a history degree? The answer to this is easy... become a history teacher? Well, that's what I certainly was responded with when I told people that's what i wanted to do. And they were actually spot on with that answer, so fair play to them. But yes, there is actually so much more to what a history degree can offer to anyone whom does one.
For me, the fact is that I love history and I owe that to my teachers. Year 7 through to Year 13, I was lucky enough to be taught by some of the best teachers around, in my opinion at least, whom opened my eyes to what stories the past holds. History in school helped me to better understand and critique the world that I lived in, and while studying at university has been a major step up, I owe much of who I am to the teachers who inspired me to learn about the past in the first place.
What I respect about teachers most of all, is the ability to inspire, amaze and encourage. For me, the past was first became truly fascinating within the classroom, with my teachers not just relying on books or technology, but interspercing the course content with their wider knowledge, and through their own interpretations of what they were teaching.
Since looking back, it is clear that GCSE history is far from 'academic' history performed on the uni campus. However, for me at least, the inspiration to uncover the past, and to argue how I see things that came before me, began in Year 7. To where i am today, I owe unending thanks to those who I was honoured enough to be taught by.