Alumni Spotlight: Kevin Golden '07
JD Villanova University School of Law
My Widener Experience
Why did you decide to major in history?
I entered Widener undeclared, but I always had an interest in history. During my freshman year, I was encouraged by my professors to declare a history major. I enjoyed the focus on primary sources rather than textbook summaries. We read entries from Harry Truman’s diaries days before the U.S. dropped the atomic bomb, the memoirs of Russia’s ambassador to six cold-war presidents, and post-war interviews of German citizens explaining the allure of the pre-war Nazi Party. We were encouraged to make our own conclusions about historical events.
What clubs or organizations were you involved in that made a memorable impression?
I was a member of the Widener Student Education Association. We had the ability to work regularly with elementary and middle school students from the surrounding community who desperately wanted to learn. Our major project was partnering with two middle schools (one in Chester, Pennsylvania and one in Ridley, Pennsylvania) to construct Lego robots to compete in a regional competition, with almost all collaboration done through web-cam meetings. We also hosted elementary students on most Saturday mornings to teach various subjects: from the Revolutionary War to the solar system.
My Professional Experience
what do you like most about your current position?
I am an attorney in the Real Estate Department of Cozen O’Connor. Although I began my career during a recession, Philadelphia has emerged and begun a great deal of development. My work has touched on some of the largest and most exciting new developments in the city. I get to see those developments go from a concept, to written agreements, to steel girders, to grand openings. It is an incredible feeling to be a part of changing the city.
What advice would you give a prospective student considering your major?
Widener provides many opportunities to get involved, and students should take advantage of as many opportunities as they can. For example, Widener hosts Phi Alpha Theta, the international history honor society, which provides opportunities to present papers at conferences and meet other members of the history community. Also, I would suggest [that students seek out] the history faculty members, who are incredibly helpful and supportive.