Being a history major, especially in a historic city such as Philadelphia, can be a blast. It is easy to nerd out on all of the events and sites that were so crucial to our nation’s history. There are tell-tale signs you are a history major.
1. You love the signs around cities that mark certain landmarks that have historic significance.
You live to see these signs that signify a place of history. These are so widespread in Philadelphia because of the history that occurred there. If a restaurant has one of these signs attached to it, you are more likely to go there.
2. You have a time period that you know everything about and people constantly ask questions about it
Whether it is World War II, colonial times, or the roaring 20’s, you have a time period that you are obsessed with. If a non-history major is working on an assignment about your chosen era, you can refer them to the best resources to point them to. It is even likely that you have books to lend them. Signs you are a history major? Everyone goes to you for anything history related.
3. You love going to history museums
While some people find these boring, you live for new museums or revisiting old favorites. For history majors at Temple, you are lucky to have so many history museums just a train ride away. Even if you revisit one you have been to, you always learn something new.
4. You watch history shows on TV like nobody’s business
You live on the History Channel. PBS is also a favorite. If you go to Temple, you are likely to have had Dr. Urwin, who has appeared on the History Channel. You may have chosen your school based on people who have spoken on these TV shows.
5. You hate watching movies about history because you can point out all of the factual errors
There is nothing worse than watching a history movie and seeing SO many factual mistakes. You know that Hollywood is notorious for taking creative liberty on events to make them more interesting. And yet, you simply cannot resist watching these movies. If anything, they make you feel smart.
6. You have a love/hate relationship with “Hamilton”
On one hand, you love that people, especially kids, are getting into history and loving history is cool. On the other hand, you can point out some (okay, a lot of) errors that the musical has. But hey, it is theater and they are on time limits.
7. You know the history of many cities, especially if it is your focus era
You love meeting people from different cities. If they hail from a city of importance in a historic era you are interested in, you turn into a complete nerd and ask them about everything. They may not be interested, but you need to know how things are today and how it compares to history.
8. You plan trips based on whether or not a lot of history took place there
Sure, you will go to Ocean City, NJ. They have the Sindia site and a museum about the history of the popular vacation destination. You love sites like Valley Forge, Williamsburg, and Boston because they are important history spots.
9. You can do fairly good impressions of historic characters
People always tell you that you are spot-on with your impressions of figures in history. Whether it is Nixon or Kennedy, you can do impressions so well it is uncanny. You may have considered auditioning for a school play as your favorite historical figure.
10. History jokes are your jam
You know so many history jokes or have come up with so many that you could write a book. In fact, you probably could, especially if you have to write out the explanations that you constantly say when people do not understand your jokes. But hey, at least you think you are funny! One of the ultimate signs you are a history major is if you only tell history jokes.