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ACADEMIC, EARLY MODERN HISTORY: Teaching Outdoors

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Nora is a graduate student studying early modern intellectual history, with a focus on the history of ideas in the 1600s. Though she is a PhD student, she has unconventional goals - she is planning on combining her interests in academia and wilderness education by teaching undergraduate students in a wilderness setting.

School: University of Oxford
Degree: History - English - Early Modern Intellectual History
Job Title: Early Modern Intellectual History Graduate Student
Employer: Harvard University

Job Summary: Historians

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Historians research, analyze, interpret, and present the past by studying a variety of historical documents and sources.

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Internships offer an opportunity for students to learn practical skills, such as handling and preserving artifacts and creating exhibits. They also allow students to apply their academic knowledge in a hands-on setting. Positions are often available at local museums, historical societies, government agencies, or nonprofit and other organizations.

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Detail oriented, Problem solving skills, Analytical skills, Written communication skills, Verbal communication skills

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m='12490'>specifically</span> <span m='13120'>on</span> <span m='13220'>the</span> <span m='13300'>1600s.</span> <span m='15970'>Since</span> <span m='16190'>I'm</span> <span m='16340'>in</span> <span m='16430'>my</span> <span m='16550'>first</span> <span m='16950'>year,</span> <span m='17380'>I'm</span> <span m='17620'>taking</span> <span m='17920'>classes</span> <span m='18370'>at</span> <span m='18480'>the</span> <span m='18560'>moment,</span> <span m='18970'>so</span> <span m='19160'>I</span> <span m='19260'>just</span> <span m='19510'>graduated</span> <span m='20090'>from</span> <span m='21160'>college</span> <span m='21660'>at</span> <span m='21760'>Oxford</span> <span m='22510'>last</span> <span m='23140'>year.</span> <span m='23860'>And</span> <span m='24230'>now</span> <span m='24500'>I'm,</span> <span m='24810'>again,</span> <span m='25410'>continuing</span> <span m='25980'>my</span> <span m='26090'>coursework.</span> <span m='26800'>But</span> <span m='27120'>I'm</span> <span m='27330'>able</span> <span m='27710'>to</span> <span m='28440'>take</span> <span m='28630'>classes</span> <span m='28990'>that</span> <span m='29130'>are</span> <span m='29240'>really</span> <span m='29460'>specific</span> <span m='30020'>to</span> <span m='30140'>what</span> <span m='30250'>I'm</span> <span m='30410'>interested</span> <span m='30920'>in.</span> <span m='31300'>And</span> <span m='31470'>I</span> <span m='31600'>spend</span> <span m='31930'>most</span> <span m='32200'>of</span> <span m='32280'>the</span> <span m='32360'>day</span> <span m='32710'>either</span> <span m='32880'>working</span> <span m='33240'>on</span> <span m='33370'>my</span> <span m='33600'>own,</span> <span m='34330'>with</span> <span m='34770'>other</span> <span m='35020'>students</span> <span m='35570'>doing</span> <span m='35800'>a</span> <span m='35860'>similar</span> <span m='36230'>topic,</span> <span m='36750'>or in</span> <span m='37120'>classes.</span> </p><p><span m='38340'>A</span> <span m='38520'>lot</span> <span m='38710'>of</span> <span m='38810'>people</span> <span m='39090'>who</span> <span m='39210'>are</span> <span m='39330'>doing</span> <span m='39780'>PhDs</span> <span m='41440'>feel</span> <span m='42830'>compelled</span> <span m='43500'>to</span> <span m='43610'>go</span> <span m='43790'>into</span> <span m='43990'>academia.</span> <span m='44630'>But</span> <span m='44780'>I</span> <span m='44840'>think</span> <span m='45060'>there</span> <span m='45170'>are</span> <span m='45230'>lots</span> <span m='45530'>of</span> <span m='45760'>paths</span> <span m='46460'>after</span> <span m='46910'>a</span> <span m='46950'>PhD.</span> <span m='48650'>I'm</span> <span m='48900'>particularly</span> <span m='49590'>interested</span> <span m='50220'>in</span> <span m='51060'>being</span> <span m='51330'>outdoors</span> <span m='52030'>and</span> <span m='52410'>wilderness</span> <span m='52970'>education.</span> <span m='53700'>So,</span> <span 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m='68150'>planning</span> <span m='68630'>on</span> <span m='68790'>using</span> <span m='69110'>this</span> <span m='69300'>Ph.D.</span> <span m='69920'>To</span> <span m='70080'>be</span> <span m='70260'>able</span> <span m='70480'>to</span> <span m='70650'>teach</span> <span m='71080'>undergraduates</span> <span m='73340'>but</span> <span m='73510'>in</span> <span m='73650'>a</span> <span m='73740'>wilderness</span> <span m='74240'>setting.</span> </p><p><span m='75180'>I</span> <span m='75360'>studied</span> <span m='75750'>history</span> <span m='76120'>and</span> <span m='76230'>English.</span> <span m='76710'>And</span> <span m='77070'>it</span> <span m='77200'>was</span> <span m='78380'>I</span> <span m='78480'>joint</span> <span m='78870'>concentration,</span> <span m='79700'>so</span> <span m='80640'>I</span> <span m='80810'>was</span> <span m='81000'>able</span> <span m='81240'>to</span> <span m='81340'>take</span> <span m='81530'>classes</span> <span m='82220'>that</span> 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m='97840'>school,</span> <span m='98200'>I</span> <span m='98300'>started</span> <span m='98540'>taking</span> <span m='98880'>history</span> <span m='99300'>in</span> <span m='99450'>my</span> <span m='99590'>freshman</span> <span m='100060'>year.</span> <span m='100490'>And</span> <span m='101210'>as</span> <span m='101400'>you</span> <span m='101510'>can</span> <span m='101660'>see,</span> <span m='101770'>I've</span> <span m='101950'>continued</span> <span m='103190'>studying</span> <span m='103880'>history.</span> <span m='104430'>And</span> <span m='104720'>I</span> <span m='104770'>think</span> <span m='104980'>that's</span> <span m='105210'>partly</span> <span m='105540'>because</span> <span m='105870'>I</span> <span m='105970'>felt</span> <span m='106300'>like</span> <span m='106580'>I</span> <span m='106660'>needed</span> <span m='107050'>to</span> <span m='107210'>decide</span> <span m='107710'>really</span> <span m='108040'>early</span> <span m='108380'>on</span> <span m='109160'>what</span> <span m='109390'>I</span> <span m='109460'>was</span> <span m='109660'>going</span> <span m='109920'>to</span> <span m='110040'>study.</span> <span m='110520'>And</span> <span m='111280'>I</span> <span m='111550'>think</span> <span m='111910'>it</span> <span m='112030'>would</span> <span m='112340'>even</span> <span m='112690'>have</span> <span m='113140'>helped</span> <span m='113800'>my</span> <span m='114720'>sense</span> <span m='115050'>of</span> <span m='115130'>my</span> <span m='115270'>studies</span> <span m='115700'>to</span> <span m='115840'>know</span> <span m='116160'>at</span> <span m='116250'>an</span> <span m='116390'>earlier</span> <span m='116820'>age</span> <span m='117200'>that</span> <span m='117420'>you</span> <span m='117530'>don't</span> <span m='117780'>have</span> <span m='117970'>to</span> <span m='118090'>decide</span> <span m='118700'>very</span> <span m='118950'>soon,</span> <span m='119480'>and</span> <span m='120160'>that</span> <span m='120840'>your</span> <span m='121000'>studies</span> <span m='121490'>in</span> <span m='121610'>all</span> <span m='121820'>different</span> <span m='122180'>fields</span> <span m='122650'>will</span> <span m='123200'>end</span> <span m='123480'>up</span> <span m='123750'>converging,</span> <span m='124990'>and</span> <span m='125130'>you</span> <span m='125980'>will</span> <span m='126140'>find</span> <span m='126440'>a</span> <span m='126490'>way</span> <span m='126750'>to</span> <span m='126900'>bring</span> <span m='127160'>together</span> <span m='128410'>interests.</span> <span m='129020'>You</span> <span m='129139'>don't</span> <span m='129380'>have</span> <span m='129620'>to</span> <span m='130070'>choose</span> <span m='130610'>a</span> <span m='130669'>particular</span> <span m='131260'>path</span> <span m='131590'>early</span> <span m='131920'>on.</span> 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