Meet the Class of 2011: Angela Ho
May 12, 2011
This is the third in a series of profiles of Lehman College 2011 graduates.
Colorful stories from her grandmother about growing up in China piqued Angela Ho's early interest in history, which quickly grew into a passion. Now, the Lehman College senior—a member of the CUNY Macaulay Honors College there—will be able to fully explore that field in SUNY Binghamton's M.A.-Ph.D. program in Early Modern European History. "I'm really interested in women's history," she explains, "and during that particular time period this area is very understudied."
Ho was born in Brooklyn and raised in Chinatown in what she describes as a very "traditional household"by parents who emigrated from Hong Kong. "There are so many lessons we can learn from those who came before us,"she says. "By thinking critically about our past, we gain a greater understanding of the issues that plague our society today."
After taking a College Now course at Lehman while studying at the nearby Bronx High School of Science, Ho says that Lehman quickly became the obvious choice for college and was thrilled to be chosen for the Macaulay Honors College. "I honestly would not have been the person I am today," she says, "without the support of Dr. Gary Schwartz and Florence Aliberti, who took a personal interest in my intellectual development. They gave me so much advice during my years at Lehman and helped talk me through the graduate school application process."
A history major with a minor in economics, she spent the 2009 intersession in Greece, studying Greek history. "My time in Greece taught me a lesson about the fragile balance that is democracy," says Ho, who was there during the country's civil unrest.
Ho has received the Chancellor's Award for Academic Excellence, the Horace W. Goldsmith Scholar Award, and the Raymond J. Sontag Award. She is a member of Golden Key International Honor Society and Phi Beta Kappa, as well as a Presidential Scholar, and is receiving departmental honors in history at graduation. She also served on the Lehman Student Conference from 2008-2009.
"My professors in the History Department have taken me under their wing and have taught me so much about history, the world and life,"she says. "Lehman rocks!"
After graduation, she will spend a year working before enrolling at SUNY Binghamton. She plans to pursue a career as a professor of history.