Sarah Young '08
Major(s) and Minor(s): History
Thesis title and/or topic/description: "'Aping the Men', (Re)Defining Woman: The Construction of Gender at Somerville Women’s College, Oxford, 1878-1914"
What have you done since graduation?
After graduating I took a meandering path toward a PhD in history. I taught English in Seattle and Kure, Japan for two years then moved the UK to do an MA in Women’s Studies at Oxford and an MA in Modern British History at the University of Manchester. After the last MA I realized a career in academia wasn’t for me. I spent a brief stint in PR and then tried something completely different: a 12 week intensive software development course. To my surprise I loved it! I’m now a trainee developer at an amazing tech/education start-up.
How do you think majoring in history or taking history classes has mattered to you?
Majoring in history has a meant so much to me, personally and professionally. It’s given me a greater understanding of the world around me and an appreciation for multiple (often conflicting) perspectives. Even in PR or software development this appreciation has been useful. The emphasis on research, writing, and seeking historical patterns have also been invaluable. My history research eventually drew me to the study of masculinity and technology education which inspired my shift to software development.
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