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I am a hard core history nerd! I earned a B.A. in History at Hannibal LaGrange College in 2002. I also love to read historical nonfiction and biographies. My general interest is American history; more specifically the Civil War, although I'm not limited to just that particular subgenre. I'm not sure if this belongs as part of the American History subject description, but I also volunteer as an archivist at my city's historical center and do a bit of genealogy work on the side.
I have studied the Bible throughout my years of attending church, participating in Bible quizzing, attending and leading group studies, speaking at youth group functions, and taking Bible courses at my college.
I've taught beginner chess at the library for a number of years. I confess that I'm no expert but I'm knowledgable enough to get kids started.
The subject of English is a combination of reading, writing, and grammar. I have experience in all of these things via rigorous training in high school and practical application in college.
Next to American History, I am most knowledgable in European History. I've taken a number of college classes on such topics as the post-Roman era (Medieval, Renaissance, Reformation, etc.), the World Wars and their aftermath.
You can't be a slave to your GPS and Mapquest! It's important to know where you are, where you are going, and how to get there in the first place. Of course there's a lot more to geography than reading a map, but it's the basis for the study of geography. That being said, I have also taken a college course in Geography.
Through school and by virtue of working many years at the library, I have read a wide aray of literature, both classical and modern. Through my experience in readers advisory, I have the ability to stay on top of the new literary work. I also have the ability to not only read a work for enjoyment, but to also approach it from an analytical matter.
Although I cannot profess to be an expert, I use Excel a great deal in my job.
I use this program a LOT for my job. When creating signs or working on projects that requiring images, I find Publisher to be the easiest to work with, compared to Word or PowerPoint.
I am very familiar with this program. I have used it all through school and in my work. I also do some writing on the side, so I put Word to good use!
I've got to be honest - I don't know how I managed to pass the prealgebra test, but fail in elementary math! It's a bit embarassing. However, I did take a lot of algebra courses in college. I took four non-credit classes, tested out of a fifth, and concluded with College Algebra in my senior year.
Because I have done, and still do, a lot of writing, knowing how to proofread is an important element. And thanks to the many English classes I have taken over the years, what to look for in evaluating a paper has been beaten into my brain.
Aside from taking speech classes in school, I am actively involved in theater. Needless to say, speaking in front of an audience is a fairly important skill to have! I have also spoken several times at history colloquiums during college.
I work at a library. Reading is an occupational hazard ; )
I must confess that it wasn't until college that I truly learned successful study skills. Organization, time management, and no procrastination were just some of the tricks of the trades I put to good use. My much improved college grades, compared to my lackluster high school grades, are a testament to my development of proper study habits.
I have taken a few theater classes, but most of my experience has come from being on the stage or behind the scenes. I have performed in a number of plays and musicals over the years. I've also had opportunites to be stage manager, director, writer, even ushering! However, I don't have much experience in running the technical aspects of a production (lights, sound, costumes, etc.).
“The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.” ~Mark Twain
As Mark Twain so clearly points out, knowing the right word to say is important!
This may sound a bit obvious, but the best way to build your vocabulary is to read...a lot. Look up words you don't understand. Then try to put those words to use in every day conversation or in writing. But only in moderation; you don't want to sound like you just swallowed a thesaurus!
Although my primary interest is in American History, I have a B.A. in History and have taken a number of World History courses.
When studying history, you unavoidably tend to write a lot of papers! I can also sympathize with the hair-pulling frustration of creating just the right bibliography. Despite this, I enjoy researching and paper-writing. I also do a bit of creative writing on the side. Nothing published as yet, but one can hope!