Catherine Tobin’s History 110, The American Experience, covers American history from the Revolutionary war up until the Reagan administration. Tobin’s pleasant Irish accent makes waking up for a 10am (trust me it’s early) almost worth it. For all the LAS cohorts below me, here are a few things I’ve learned that are necessary to succeed in this course:
- Class attendance is not mandatory, but answers on quizzes come directly from the notes.
- Tobin is an adorable human being and just fun to listen to.
- You may think you have already learned all there is to know about American history, but this course focuses on the leaders of that history that you can learn a lot from.
- If people stop showing up for class, chances are there will be a pop quiz (with open notes) that will replace a low quiz score.
- After class is a great opportunity to get breakfast together and have some bonding time.
- Be prepared for a much deeper lecture with more detail than what is taught in high school.
- Book reports and projects are best started a few weeks early so you can visit office hours to see if you are on the right track.
- Try not to start essays the night before, they do not turn out as well as you’d hope.
- You only get to take a few classes with your cohort, so enjoy the time you have with them!
After having taken this class, I can confidently say that I have a deeper understanding of the leaders of our nation. I see the importance of knowing who the men and women that influenced our country are. Without them, America would be greatly lacking in the integrity area. Looking to these leaders I have a model of what to do and not to do and how I want to practice my leadership.