Hello! My name is Anisha Maria DeSilva. An interesting fact about the etymology of my full name is that it does not reflect my ethnicity, which is Sri Lankan. I currently live at and attend the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia. However, I am from Herndon, Virginia, where my parents and younger sibling still live.
I have many passions and hobbies, but there are a few that truly make me who I am. My first and strongest passion is travelling. I grew up in a family that loves travelling around the world since I can remember. An upbringing that has influenced my interest in history. The main reason I love travelling so much is because it makes me appreciate and learn about new cultures, food, and history of these countries. Another passion I have is painting and art. Painting, drawing, coloring, and other art mediums are my way of destressing and relaxing. My passion for art is not only just about creating it, but the study of it as well. While travelling, I always try to visit a museum or art gallery to see the art of that country. The history of art is a big reason why I love history and chose to major in it. However, there are many other things that got me interested in history.
My interest with history starts with my dad. My father is a huge Harrison Ford and 80’s movie buff and showed me all of his favorite movies. His favorite Harrison Ford movie would be Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, because it was filmed in Sri Lanka. We even visited the sight locations one year when our family visited Sri Lanka. However, my favorite Indiana Jones movie is Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. As a little kid, watching those movies made me love the adventurous side of history. Plus, it didn’t hurt that Indiana Jones kicked butt. From then, I started reading literature about time travelling and adventurers questing for historic artifacts. These themes cultivated my love for European History from the Middle Ages to Post World War II. While Indiana Jones inspired my fascination with this era, my curiosity with antiquity stems from Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians; a book series that my sixth-grade teacher, Mr. Gray, introduced to me. This is what established my enthusiasm for the cultures and religions of antiquity. Riordan weaves classical mythology and culture into modern day American culture that’s not baseless. He uses real beliefs, morals, storylines from antiquity and applies them to our society.
All the defining characteristics I have demonstrated here helped shape my decision to become a History Major. As of this moment, I have not fully decided which career I want to pursue. However, I am leaning towards becoming an Intellectual Property Lawyer, but I am still open to exploring new and captivating professions.