February Professor of the Month | Elizabeth Horodowich

Hello Crimson Scholars and Honors Students,

My name is Elizabeth Horodwich. I am originally from Philedelphia, but I have been teaching at New Mexico State University for 15 years. My field of study is European history.Outside of school I enjoy being athletic. I enjoy running, swimming, and doing yoga. I love to travel. Italy has been one of my favorite places to visit. I have been going to Italy for thirty years, and I always look forward to going back. It has the best food, and the most beautiful language (in my biased opinion), and you can explore it for a whole lifetime. I like to read science fiction books in my free time. My current favorite book is The Book of Strange New Things by Michael Faber. It is about a missionary who goes to a distant planet to try to convert the natives to Christianity. My favorite quote these days is by Galileo, who says that “No one should close the road to thinking about mundane and physical things, as if everything had already been discovered and revealed with certainty. Nor should it be considered rash not to be satisfied with those opinions which have become common. No one should be scorned in physical disputes for not holding to the opinions which happen to please other people best, especially concerning problems which have been debated among the greatest philosophers for thousands of years.” For Galileo, there are always new things to learn, and new perspectives worth considering, and he encourages us to march to the beat of our own drummer! My advice to students is to try to find a good balance between something they are passionate about and something that is practical. You need a passionate interest in something to carry you through years of study, or a degree, and, you need to try to plan a way to survive when you are done, so having both a passion and a concrete skill is a good combination. I would also say that the study of history, in particular, as either a major or a minor, teaches students to read, write, and think critically and in doing so provides a solid and flexible groundwork that can be the base for a variety of careers. History majors become anything and everything after they graduate, since these basic skills lends themselves to many types of work.  Students can really get to know a professor in an honors class, as well as a small group of peers. Being in a lecture class of 100 people is a completely different experience from sitting around a seminar table in the honors college, in a group of ten, where everyone gets to know everyone else. Honors classes also tend to ask more of students, harder questions, and more of them, so it’s harder work, but you learn more and come away with more. The Honors College is a great place to challenge yourself and explore different interests.  

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