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Victoria Najacht

History

Email: k12vn01@kzoo.edu
Hometown:
Hartford, MI
Major:
History
Minors:
Psychology and Business
Concentration:
American Studies
Study Away:
Newberry Research Seminar in the Humanities
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor:
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
Best Adjective to Describe You:
Ambitious


In 10 words or less, why should a student want to be involved in this department?
Storytelling, amazing professors, and fascinating books. It changes lives.  

What initially drew you to this department?  What keeps you coming back?
I fell in love with history during my first-year seminar with Dr. Boyer Lewis on the Salem Witch Trials. Studying history continues to make me angry, sad, engaged, and amazed, and the professors work closely with students to help us to grow as critical thinkers and writers and succeed in our time at K.

What’s your biggest piece of advice to first years and sophomores in this department?
Question everything and do not be afraid to disagree.

How does your department connect to your other interests and activities?
History is connected to everything that I do and allows me to better understand how the things, activities, and places in my life have transformed over time. It is more than the memorization of key dates and people. It allows you to tell the stories of the past, including the voices that have been lost and deserve to be uncovered and retold. 

What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned at K?
It is okay to be a little selfish with your time. Taking time for yourself is the best thing you can do for your success at K.

What has been your favorite class at K?  Why?
The Slave South with Dr. Boyer Lewis. Taking this course as a first year really opened my eyes to the history that is left out of high school classrooms. It was a powerful course and one that continues to drive my studies in history today.

What is your SIP?
I am researching the Ladies’ Library Association and female education in nineteenth-century Kalamazoo.

What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?
I have always had a passion for education and learning, and I would like to go into teaching after K. 

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