Stephen Pierce, ’ 19

I think the dedication for helping others, being organized with good time management, being active in the community, and learning about other people’s backgrounds have all been huge factors that will help me not just in the job market but also in life as well. These values are what sets La Salle apart from other universities.

Major: History and Political Science double major

Minor: Religion

Projected Graduation: 2019

Hometown: Havertown, Pa.

Clubs and Recreation: Thrower for the Track and Field team, VP of Academic Affairs for Student Government, President of Student Historical Association and the John Quincy Adams Society.

What helped you decide on your major?

I have had a passion for history ever since I was a kid when my mother would take me around Philadelphia and learn about Revolutionary America.

Do you have a favorite site in the city? Are there any memories that you have with your mom at a specific site?

I have a special place in my heart for the Benjamin Franklin House in Philadelphia. Benjamin Franklin is my hero and I think Historic Philadelphia did a great job in outlining his house and giving great tours around there. Franklin was truly a man that helped shape the culture of America through science, philosophy, and wit. My Mother and I admire Franklin a lot so I think that house has a special part in my heart. But all of our trips were memorable, the city just blossoms with different stories of our country’s history that are being explored every day and are just fascinating to discover.

Your major and minor combination is not one you see every day. What made you decide to choose political science and religion to pair with history?

I decided to pick political science as my second major because I think we have a duty as citizens to learn and participate in our political affairs. Aristotle said in Politics, that he believed man was a “political animal” because we are social creatures with the power of speech and moral reasoning basically saying that everything in our lives runs on our engagement within the political system. I also picked religion as a minor because most of world history and culture is shaped by religion. In my opinion, there are four major components that shape our history which are politics, religion, culture, and economics. I can only complete my undergraduate degree in four years so I chose political science and religion as secondary areas of study.

How do you juggle all of the things on your plate as an active student?

I have a white board planner along with a reminder app on my phone that helps a lot. Also prioritizing what is important for that day. My schoolwork always comes first before activities.

How do you think La Salle is helping to prepare you for the future beyond college?

I think the dedication to helping others, being organized with good time management, being active in the community, and learning about other people’s backgrounds have all been huge factors that will help me not just later on in the job market but also in life. These values are what sets La Salle apart from other universities.

What do you hope to do with your degree after graduating?        

I plan to be a part of the five-year graduate program for history here at La Salle. Then, I either want to work in government or pursue a Ph.D. in history. My dissertation would probably be something on the American Revolution or the founding of the country. I don’t have a specific person or event yet to look into, but my goal is to give a different perspective of the origins of our Republic that has never been seen before. I feel that the reason we are so politically divided in our country today is because many Americans don’t know the real history of what the Founding Fathers envisioned for America and I would like to change that.

What is your advice to any high school students thinking about entering the history program at La Salle?

Establish communication with your professors and make friends with your fellow history majors. Not just because you will be talking to them possibly for the next four years of your life but it helps when you’re studying for tests or just having a difficult time with your material.

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