Student Spotlight: Jonathan Niece, Baylor in Washington

December 18, 2023
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Senior History major Jonathan Niece recently returned from the Baylor in Washington program, where he worked for the Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Michael McCaul. His Baylor career, however, has been marked by enriching experiences. As he embarks on his journey post-graduation, we asked Jonathan to share insights into his aspirations, memorable academic moments, and challenges overcome.

What are your future career goals related to your degree in history?

Following graduation in May, I aspire to continue my work within the United States Congress. My history degree has equipped me with invaluable skills for legislative work. Through research and writing, I aim to contribute meaningfully to legislation while serving the American people—an opportunity I cherish deeply.

Can you tell us about a particularly memorable moment from your studies?

A standout moment was studying abroad in London with Dr. deGraffenried. Taking a World War II class immersed me in the British perspective of the war, offering profound insights into Allied dynamics. Exploring World War II museums alongside Dr. deGraffenried left an indelible mark on my Baylor experience.

Can you share any challenges you faced while studying history and how you overcame them?

Receiving my first essay grade was a wake-up call. Despite considering myself a proficient writer in high school, I realized I had much to learn upon entering Baylor's history department. Yet this challenge became a pivotal learning experience. I'm grateful to my professors for pushing me to enhance my writing skills, and fostering growth throughout my academic journey.

Jonathan Niece's journey through Baylor University's History Department is a testament to his passion for learning and growth. With his sights set on a career in Congress, Jonathan's experiences abroad and in the classroom have shaped him into a resilient and dedicated scholar prepared to make an impact.