BA Student Spotlight

Emily Holmberg

Emily Holmberg

“As a child, I had absolutely no interest in history. I thought that it was nothing more than useless and repetitive facts of names, dates, and places. My freshman year of high school, however, I had an absolutely amazing teacher who changed my entire outlook on the field and consequently made me fall in love with it. Now, I’m at one of the most beautiful campuses in the world and studying a discipline that I’m passionate about; I’ve found my home in the History department at UH Mānoa.

“Studying history at the collegiate level has not only broadened my knowledge within the field of study itself, but has also helped me to cultivate skills in research, problem solving, and critical thinking. Additionally, majoring in Women’s Studies alongside History has broadened my horizons even more by allowing me to analyse history through an intersectional lens. I am now able to read or hear about some historical phenomenon and also be able to understand the sociocultural aspects of it.

“In addition to my standard history courses, I am also involved in the History Honor Society on campus as the undergraduate president. The Alpha Beta Epsilon chapter of Phi Alpha Theta is part of a nationally recognized organisation of history students from all over the country. Through the organisation I have developed a close bond with students and faculty within the department here at Mānoa. Being a member of PAT gives me the ability to further my professional interest in the discipline of history by offering conference opportunities, research assistance, and a social network of like-minded scholars to turn to if I have questions, want to discuss a particularly potent topic, or just to have a friendly relationship with. Being a part of PAT and the History department here at UH Mānoa has given me so many wonderful opportunities thus far, and I am so excited to continue my academic career here.”