And this is my first post (there’s a trend here.) I’m Tom Gehring, and unlike Randy I’ll bet none of you know me from anywhere.
I’m new to the whole “blogging for the public” thing, having had a relatively tightly controlled LiveJournal account for about a decade now. Like the rest of our motley crew, I got my start on soc.history.what-if back in the mid ’90s and have been a history nerd ever since. I’m 28 and hold a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications with a concentration in Print Journalism from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, where I still live with my husband and our three cats. I had the distinct pleasure of graduating in 2005 right as the bottom was starting to fall out of the newspaper business, so I did photography for a few years before ending up at a law firm and then getting laid off a year ago.
After some soul searching, I decided to go back to my original major when I started college in 2000: History. I’m currently finishing up a BA in History from VCU and intend to earn a Master’s in Teaching in order to teach secondary Social Studies. I’m also studying German, which is an interesting experience in and of itself. Given my last name (and the infamy of that same name with a slightly different spelling), most people assume I speak the language, but I was an indifferent student when I took 101 and 102 a decade ago, so I’ve managed to forget pretty much all of it I knew. Eventually, I’m hoping to do an MA in German history, either of the second Reich or Cold War era. Weimar and Nazi Germany don’t interest me, probably for the same reason the American Civil War doesn’t: it’s been done to death.
Most of what I write is probably going to be related to history, geography, education, some mix of the three, and how exasperating it is to be a decade older than most of your classmates as an undergraduate. I’ve had quite a few headdesk moments during the past few weeks, mostly in my 100-level International Relations course. Hearing kids who were in elementary school at the time expound (none too intelligently) on the causes and effects of the 9/11 attacks while you’re sitting in the very classroom you were in when you heard about those same attacks is a bit surreal to say the least.
At any rate, I hope this little group experiment of ours will be a success and we won’t bore you to tears or drive you to drink.