Senior Reflection: Ethan Healey


When I arrived at New England College in the Autumn of 2018, I started as a Secondary Education major with a focus in Social Studies. I knew I wanted to teach, and I knew I wanted to teach history. But something was off. As much as I respected the professors who taught me, it didn’t fit for me. I became frustrated at myself for having a full year of Education classes under my belt, and a sudden realization that the process was not for me. But a quick meeting with the Associate Dean of Humanities changed everything. I officially changed my major to History in the Spring of 2019, and it was the best decision I have made in my undergraduate academic career.

I owe everything to Drs. Jim Walsh and Craig Gallagher for treating me as a colleague and doing everything they could to prepare me for the world of academia and what it means to be a historian. The array of classes I have taken with them have been vast and expansive in content, and enlightening in conversation. Both of them have shown me the utmost generosity from the trip to Virginia, to the countless thesis meetings, from letting me be a Teaching Assistant twice, and for letting me vent in both of their offices. Thank you for treating me as your equal and conversing with me about countless historical topics. Thank you also for letting me brag about John Adams for the past year and a half.

While Jim and Craig are both humble, I can not stress enough how important and vital they have been in my life and career as an academic. Both men have continued to believe in me as a person and historian as I move toward the next step in my career. I hope I have made as much of an impact on their lives as they have made on mine.

With utmost sincerity,

Ethan P. Healey

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Ethan you are truly made to be a historian 🙏🏻And you will make a phenomenal teacher 😊so proud of you keep up your amazing work you have done proud of you more than words can say 💝”143”