Hi class, my name is Rebecca Fachner. I am currently getting an MA in Applied History at George Mason and I am very happy to be back in academia after many years in the real world. After spending several years in the real world, I have determined that it is vastly overrated. I have been interested in history forever, I can remember being about 6 years old and asking my dad what a world war was. I find history endlessly fascinating and while I will read about many different eras, the Second World War is the area that I keep returning to. My research interests, therefore, are the Second World War, specifically the Nazi’s rise to power, the Eastern front and the Holocaust. After my MA, I plan to pursue yet more schooling, definitely a PhD and possibly a more focused masters degree before that. The reason that I am getting my first masters in Applied History is because it offers the opportunity to engage the public and I firmly believe new media will be a great tool for education and public involvement in the future.
I just moved back to the DC area after living in San Francisco for 3 years, which I absolutely loved and miss very much (particularly during the winter!). Before that I was in DC for a few years, Boston for college and I grew up in Connecticut. When I am not studying, I have a part time job at a non-profit, I volunteer at the Holocaust Museum and I am going to start giving tours of DC when the weather gets warmer. I’ve given tours while in San Francisco and it’s a lot of fun, a great chance to share history with the public. In my spare time, when there is such a thing, I enjoy reading, running, knitting, watching Red Sox baseball, and hope to start playing in a local symphonic band.
Also, the adorable dog in the picture with me is named Mac.