Thanks to Josh Hinrichs for our fourth “Senior Seminar Spotlight” on Alex Telford. For his Senior Seminar project, Alex is examining the history of the United States’s strategic bombing of Germany during World War II.
Alex was born in Georgia, but he did not stay there very long. He ended up moving to Waconia, MN and lived there for most of his life. As many people know, Alex is very involved in the U.S. Military. I asked him what got him interested in this, and he told me that when he was 12 or 13, he would attend military camps. At these camps, he would have the chance to go on an actual plane, and would even get the chance to fly it (under direct supervision of course). Eventually, in his junior year of high school, he met an army recruiter who gave Alex his word that he would get the opportunity to be a part of the aviation portion of the military, which is where he specializes today.
When he was really young, Alex and his mom would go to the library, and he would go look at books with medieval castles, and other sorts of historical children’s books. When I asked him what originally sparked his interest in history, this is what he talked about. He said his love for history stems from looking at how ideas, places, and culture can change over time, which is one of the core ideas historians wrestle with. Alex is a Social Studies Education major, so I get the opportunity to have a variety of classes with him. I asked him what prompted him to use his love for history in the education system, to which he gave me a very honest answer. He said that he wanted to be a more marketable person. He told me he wants to be able to study history, but he also wants job security (hard to blame him). He told himself, when he was heading into the education field, that if he enjoyed his Intro to Education course, he would stick with it. Interestingly enough, he did not necessarily love the course, but he said he really enjoyed the field experience portion.