My name is Anthony Adams, and I am a junior at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Even though I do well in other classes here at Mary Washington, history is, and will always be, my favorite subject to study and learn about.
My love for history began when I was a child attending Bowling Green Elementary School. When I first started to learn about history, my main interest at the time was ancient Egypt. I was fascinated by the grandeur of the many temples, ancient tombs and their treasures, and the majestic pyramids. I was fortunate to have teachers throughout my life to support me and my interests when it came to history and continued urging me to study more and more.
In middle school, my interests in history continued to expand. I would start learning about the Titanic and the American Revolutionary War. Mr. Neil and Mr. Ward, two of my favorite teachers in middle school, were some of my biggest supporters outside of my family. Mr. Neil was the first black teacher that I saw teaching history, which made me realize that if there was someone like me teaching history, then I could do it as well. Mr. Ward was my math teacher, another subject that I am interested in. Not only did he make math class fun, but he was one of the few teachers that vouched for me to go into more advanced classes.
It was also in middle school where I would start learning about the American Civil War, the subject that I know the most about to this day. No one had ever told me about this war that killed thousands of people over a span of five years. My parents helped me learn more about the war by taking me to museums in Richmond and Washington, as well as taking me to the numerous battlefields here in Virginia and in the surrounding states.
Despite all this traveling around Virginia and other states, I never thought I would travel to another country, let alone another continent. In 2010, my mother and I had a once-in-a-lifetime chance to visit Egypt through the African Genesis program. Over the course of 2008 and 2009, my mother and I would fundraise for the Egypt trip, mostly in the form of raffle tickets. Once we stepped off the plane in Cairo, it finally had hit me; I was in a country thousands of miles from home, on a different continent. For ten days, my mother and I scaled the Great Pyramid, walked the halls of the British Museum, saw the golden mask of King Tutankhamun, walked through the temples of Luxor and Karnak, uncovered the mysteries of the Valley of the Kings, and dined on the banks of the Nile. Those ten days changed me for the better.
From then on, I devoted more time studying the history of other cultures from around the world. Once I entered high school, school became easier and less stressful for me. I joined tennis team at Caroline High School, where I would play for four years. Even though I was not that good, I still gave it my all in every match. After graduation, I had another chance to travel to a different continent, this time to Europe. For ten days, the group from my high school, and several others from various states would explore Germany, Austria, Italy, and Switzerland, going through some of the most beautiful scenery I will ever see.
After 20 years of being alive, attending school, traveling, and doing other things, I am grateful for everything that has happened in my life so far. I am also grateful for the love and support from my friends, teachers, but most importantly, my family. Without their continued help, I do not believe that I would be in the position where I am now. I hope I can continue to study and learn as much history as I can.