Class of 2018
I am from Mongolia and I have been in love with history since I was a kid. It’s something that has driven my academic pursuits since the very beginning. In retrospect, it might have been because I come from a place with such a rich history that was hard to ignore, but I think it’s much more than that. For me, history is an act of imagination. With only the scraps of the past, it’s up to the historian to put together the stories of times removed from our own, and the worlds that were shaped by people not too different from ourselves. To understand those histories is to understand ourselves, and I find that immensely fascinating.
Unlike many who join Yale-NUS, I was certain of studying History all along. It was in Junior College where my love for history really began. In particular, learning about 100 years of modern Chinese history really excited me. It was immensely interesting to study events not in isolation, but to see the thread of history run through different events, people, cultural shifts, ideologies, etc. Ultimately, history involves everything, and that is what makes it so intoxicating, especially in a liberal arts environment.