Lee (Hayden) Perry, a 2022-23 scholarship recipient, on why he chose to major in history.
I’ve always possessed a great love for the field of history, believing that the thoughts and ideas presented today are often founded in the events of the past. Biographers, historiographers, and indeed historians all pen the pages that define the culmination of human experience, and shape the way future generations will see the world. It’s that belief that drove me to major in history, and I do not regret that decision.
I began my time at UTC after having to cut short my college career to take care of my grandfather during his bout with Alzheimer’s. I cannot say I look incredibly fondly on those years, despite it being the last I spent with someone I consider one of the most devout and intelligent men I should ever be lucky enough to meet. However, coming out of that I can simply state that the UTC History department and staff have been nothing short of miracle workers with how effective their tutelage and patience has been in recovering my love for learning, and love for history as well. The department features excellent professors with a wealth of experience, and varied areas of study spanning all the continents of the globe. They’ve allowed me to begin digging deeper than I had ever been allowed before, and for that I am deeply grateful.
To be offered a scholarship from the department is nothing short of astonishing for me, and I greatly appreciate the offer for what it allows me to do in pursuing my love of history, as well as higher learning as a whole.