History education felt right to me

NAME: Robert Primrose 
MAJOR: American History Education


WHY DID YOU CHOOSE WARTBURG: I chose Wartburg because it felt like the right fit for me. It has a beautiful campus as well as great academics where students can get involved in multiple different ways. Not only does Wartburg have a great academic reputation, but it also has a great athletic one. Being able to play in collegiate athletics was another thing that I wanted to do. At Wartburg, I was given the opportunity to balance both academics and athletics.

HOW DID YOU DECIDE ON YOUR MAJOR: I’ve always thought about doing something with education but I didn’t fully commit to it until my sophomore year. I enjoy history and helping others, so history education felt right to me. Being able to help kids develop and improve the skills they are learning is something that I enjoy doing.  

HOW DID WARTBURG PREPARE YOU FOR YOUR NEXT STEP: Wartburg has prepared me for the next step by educating me about what schools are doing today in the classroom. Hands-on experiences through observations and attending workshops have given me insight into what the profession looks like. Another thing that Wartburg has done is encouraged me seek additional ways to continuously improve me in my field.

Robert Primrose

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE CLASS: One of the classes I enjoyed the most was American History Since 1877. This time period I find to be very interesting and full of new things to look into. I remember Dr. (Terry) Lindell doing two different class periods from the perspectives of the United States and the Soviet Union which I found to be both entertaining and thought-provoking.

WHAT WAS YOUR MOST DIFFICULT CLASS: The most difficult class that I have taken while at Wartburg has been either my Historiography or Secondary Content Methods course. Both made me look at the subject in different ways than I had previously thought. Also, it helped me critically think through how I was preparing my work.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE WARTBURG MEMORY: One of my favorite Wartburg memories would be the entirety of May Term. It is the time of the year where it’s warm out again, and there is always something to do with your friends outside. The school year is also coming to an end so it is nice to spend some more time with them as well.

WHAT DID YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT CAMPUS LIFE: One of the things that I liked about campus life was how I was able to get to know a lot of different people through the activities I was a part of. Making personal connections seemed as if they would happen daily, and I would get to know them better as the year went on. Along with connecting with new people I still have friends from years ago that I am able to stay in touch with.

WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR CURRENT STUDENTS: A word of advice that I would like to share with current students is to reach out to others around you. Whether they are a classmate or a professor, there is always someone there willing to help you succeed. There are a lot of great people out in this world, and the connections that you are making now will be with you longer than you expect.