My name is Erich Grosse. I am a Junior at Assumption College. At Assumption my original plan was to only be a management major, but after a few history classes intrigued me, I have decided to double major in history as well. I run cross country and I am involved in many extracurricular activities, including Student Athletic Advisory Committee, Campus Activities Board, and was an orientation leader in 2012. I am originally from Bayport, New York, which is a town half a mile away from the Great South Bay. Like any New Yorker, I love the Yankees, enjoy bagels for breakfast, and take the New London ferry to get to New England.
When I was approached to apply for this seminar, I must admit I was hesitant to take such a tough course in a subject that I was not even majoring in. But after an enjoyable semester in Professor Keyes’ Revolutionary America class, my interest in history was sparked and I knew I should give it a try. I am taking this seminar because the course should let me learn how the history of technology affected culture, specifically business. I hope to receive knowledge of how technology changed and influenced society throughout the the 18th and 19th centuries. In the 21st century, where technology is constantly evolving and changing, the technology of an earlier time appears to be simpler to comprehend. I, however, intend to understand how influential and important the technology of earlier America actually was. As a class, I look forward to accessing how an earlier time handled new technologies while comparing their findings to the way our generation is handling new technologies today. One of the other things that I hope to get out of this class is the skill of research. Working in an environment with an abundance of rich history and artifacts, I will be allowed to research primary sources at a level that I may never get to do again. I am nervous about this class and what is going to be expected of me, but more importantly I am looking forward to my first day!