Telling stories with history
“Over the summer we went to work telling a story that most people have never even heard of. In the fall, we presented our work to the Washington D.C. Historical Society.”
Drew Yingling '15, economics and history
"I wasn't looking for research, but sophomore year my professor, Martha Verbrugge, held me after class one day to share an amazing opportunity. She was working on a project that looked at the history of desegregation of recreational facilities. She knew that I had focused on African-American history in my previous classes, and she wanted my input. With her background in the history of science and medicine, it was the perfect combination. Over the summer we went to work telling a story that most people have never even heard of. In the fall, we presented our work to the Washington D.C. Historical Society. || Read more
"For me, the idea of a liberal arts education is to expose you to a wide breadth of experience. I have been exposed to different and controversial viewpoints, things that make me more well-rounded and informed. Understanding different perspectives allows you to be more versatile and more understanding in a wide variety of fields. People ask me all the time what I'm doing with my history major and I feel that I can do anything I want. The skill set that Bucknell is equipping me with can be applied to any field.
"During spring break last year, I participated in the Bucknell Brigade, an organization that travels down to Nicaragua to do service work. We were there a week, but the bonds that we built with each other made it feel even longer than that. There was such a comfortable relationship among us even though we were facing such uncomfortable conditions. It was an eye-opening experience. Maya Angelou once said, 'You don't remember what people said or what they did, you remember how they made you feel,' and that's what I got from the Brigade. There's something intangible there that isn't soon to leave me."
Drew is from Clearfield, Pa.
Posted November 4, 2013