Jennifer Dargie '10, history and music (double major)

Jennifer Dargie

"Before my college years, I had only visited Salem once or twice. I grew up in Central Massachusetts and the trek to Salem was not especially easy. Of those few visits, I always remember being sad to leave Salem. Salem is such a historically fascinating town, and there is always so much to do, it always seemed like such a wonderful place to be.

This fascination with the town, and the history, led to my interest in Salem State. I had always been especially interested in the Salem witch trials and felt that Salem State would be a really interesting place to study. I had also heard that Salem State had many wonderful programs, and I knew that I would always have a choice no matter which field I chose.

Even though one of my main reasons why I applied to Salem State was historically based, I still chose to start in theatre arts. I eventually switched to the music major because I have always loved singing and listening to music. It was not until the spring of my sophomore year that I decided to take a history class just for fun. This class reminded me of one of my original interests in Salem, and it reminded me of my passion for history. Even though I was almost half way done with my music major, and I was very nervous about adding a second major, my friends and family all convinced me that I could do it. It has proven to be one of the best decisions I have made in my life.

The History department has become my home away from home, and I finally feel like I've found my niche. This History department is full of wonderful professors who are all incredibly supportive of their students, and I feel very blessed to be one of those students.

I hope to become a history teacher for grades 9-12. Some day in the future I would be very interested in possibly pursuing a doctoral degree in Women's Studies. I would even love to teach at the college level later on in life. For now, I am just happy to be involved in a community where there is no definite answer, and there is always a discussion right around the corner. I find history to be fascinating and I hope I can inspire my future students to love history as much as I do."