A native of Selma, NC, Edgar Blanco is beginning his first year as a Mountaineer. He is one of five History Education majors this year to be accepted into the Appalachian Community of Education Scholars (ACES). He enjoys playng soccer, connecting with fellow history and education majors, and is a member of the Hispanic Student Association (HSA).
Why did you choose APP State?
Edgar Blanco: As a student at Selma-Smithfield High School I was involved with AVID, a college-readiness program. As part of AVID I took a tour of colleges and universities in the Western area of North Carolina. After visiting several Western region schools, we arrived at App State and I immediately felt at home. The rest is history.
Why does history-social studies matter?
EB: I see history as the study of people and the decisions they make. I think it is important o know your past so that you can learn from it. Studying history allows us the opportunity to learn from our mistakes..
Who inspired you to pursue a career in education?
EB: My fifth-grade teacher. She allowed me to explore topics I was interested in and share my ideas with my peers. My friends and I would create PowerPoints on WWII for our class and she would let us present them during free time. My most recent inspiration was Mr. Jones during my 11th and 12th-grade year. I appreciated the variety he brought to the classroom, allowing us to work individually, in small groups or as a whole class. In addition to his presence as a teacher, he was friendly and was always ready to lighten the mood with a joke.
What are your favorite areas of history?
EB: I have always been interested in WWII! I also enjoy learning about Feudal Japan and the Mongol conquests. My new area of interest is Pre-Civil War America, especially the era of Andrew Jackson.
What has been the biggest highlight of your time at App State so far?
EB: I have really enjoyed going to football games. It feels like being a part of something larger, cheering the team on with everyone. App State already feels like home.