Alumni Testimonials

Heather Salazar

Master of Arts in Military History
, Class of 2012
I have always loved history and knew that, especially, in these times it is critical for the public to gain a better understanding of the military, the US involvement in world events, and to gain an appreciation for our extensive history.
Heather Salazar, Class of 2012
Master of Arts in Military History

Q:  “Heather, tell us a little bit about yourself and your interests.”
A:  “My favorite hobby is travelling. While a few of my closest friends live near me in PA, many of my friends live all across the country. Many of them are currently serving or have served in the military. This provides me with an outlet to enjoy my hobby of travelling when I go visit them.”

Q:  “Tell us briefly about your professional life.”
A:  “I currently work for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. I am a Regional Coordinator and work with eight legislators and their district offices. I work with the public relations coordinators for each office, as well as assist each office with outreach, event planning, and act as the liaison between Harrisburg and the district offices.

Q:  “What was your motivation for selecting your military history degree?”
A:  “I have always loved history and knew that, especially, in these times it is critical for the public to gain a better understanding of the military, the US involvement in world events, and to gain an appreciation for our extensive history. I want to make history come alive for the citizens of the US and lead them to understand the contributions of our leaders and military to shaping our country today.”

Q:   “Now how did you come to select Norwich?”
A:    “I chose Norwich for its prestige and recognition of the oldest private military college and the founder of the ROTC program. To study military history well and at a reputable school, what better place to go then to the root of where the future of military officers began?  I found out about Norwich from doing an online search for military history programs and then speaking to some of my undergraduate professors about what they knew of the program.

Q:  “How have you grown professionally as a result of your education”?
A:   “I have a better understanding of the importance and impact historical writing can have on both public and governmental entities. Writing and explaining history is more than just telling a story. It is telling the story, understanding the importance, and explaining the impact it has on both present and future decision making. The extensive writing requirements improved my own writing style to be more succinct and descriptive. Sometimes less is more. “

Q:  “Anything else you would like to tell us about your experiences at Norwich or the impact of Norwich on your life?”
A:  “Norwich’s Residency week culminated a great program in a creative and exciting way. After almost two years of knowing my peers as just a name in a computer system, it was great to meet them in person. Thinking that I would be talking history all week, little did I realize that history was just a small portion of the week. Norwich put together a week of both educational and fun experiences and a chance to solidify friendships that began two years ago as a name on a computer screen.”