Over the course of this semester, Hist390 has taught me many interesting things to take with me in my academic career and further. Like the importance of not only being online, but to be in control of the narrative if possible. To ensure a more complete and accurate story is told vs a potentially skewed version being allowed to progress out in the world unchallenged. Also something new to me was the importance of tidy data and how I could potentially implement these tools. Also the need not be complacent in your security measures, by using the weak or repeating passwords across sites and the numbers around the frequency in the public. I feel like I have improved in my practical approach, in how I might be able to apply this to my law major. As before I really only had experience with a research methods course which covered traditional topics such as: Empirical Research, Quantitative Research, Qualitative Research, Analytical Research methods. But by being able to utilize visual data sets, I could use this to present the data to a group more easily or also for pitching a research proposal academically. Also I feel like we can now more thoroughly hone in that mind set that we need to be able to present data in a manner so it is palatable to not just our own standards. An this importantly could either attract or detract the attention of your target audience. Also I did learn some unexpected things about some of the founding fathers like Washington and Jefferson in my research in the later parts of the course. An learned ole George is not exempt from being often cast in the most stoic light, like he is portrayed in the secondary source “George Washington Crossing the Delaware River ” by Emanuel Leutze. An yet he himself, was a slave owner, who was a iconic figure for being opposed to the oppressive rule of the British. But he would go thru great lengths to keep his own slaves in an oppressive lifestyle, even while he was the sitting President of the newly founded United States. Also interesting despite this being my second to last semester at George Mason. I never knew how much of an identity crisis our university had in breaking away from its University of Virginia roots. Even in such simple matters as selection of the athletics team name as a new school. But we had so many funny names as we look back now on the early years like: The Marauders, the Trojans , The Chargers, and even just naming the teams after the current captains of their football squads.