My name is Clare O’Brien and I am a graduate of George Mason University. I graduated with Distinction in the top 15 percent of my class with a 3.9 GPA. I previously attended University of Mary Washington for the first two years of my college career. I am a history major with particular interest in military history, likely influenced by my military child background. World War I and II are especially fascinating to me. I am a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, the National Transfer Honor Society Tau Sigma, and the National History Honor Society Phi Alpha Theta.
For the first half of my life I was constantly on the move, as my father was in the navy. I lived in Hawaii for six years and Japan for two. Furthermore, I have visited both Singapore and Malaysia. Exposure to different cultures broadened my interest in history but what originally sparked it was my Dad. He would always tell my sister and I anything we wanted to know about the past, although his particular interest is in the Civil War. However, we soon learned the dangers of talking to him about history during the infamous Russia incident in which my sister asked why Russia had been referred to as the USSR, Soviet Union and Russia at different points. Expecting a brief answer, we instead got one that lasted upwards of an hour and a half. Exposure to history and traveling at such a young age inspired me to declare history as my major.