The distance from Guam to Boston is approximately 12,800 miles.
Guam’s Kristin Oberiano, 23, is attempting to use a Harvard University education in history to bridge that gap.
A two-time member of the Guam WWATC team, Oberiano was recently graduated from Occidental College in Los Angeles, Calif., with a degree in history. In addition, she played golf and was an all-conference choice all of her four years at school.
“I started golf at 5 but went to other sports like basketball,” she said. “But, I got back to it in senior year of high school.”
While golf hasn’t always been her sport of choice, history became an avocation early in her life.
“If you saw something about Guam in a history book, it was about World War II,” Oberiano said. “There is something more to it than that. I decided I can be the one who writes history. It’s been my goal since middle school to get a Ph.D in history.”
Oberiano is going directly to Ph.D study in history at Harvard from her undergraduate studies at Occidental. “The program averages about seven years to complete,” Oberiano said. “Hopefully, I can finish sooner than that.”
She is knowledgeable about the history of the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, where Mayakoba El Camaleon Golf Club is located, but she admits: “I don’t know much about golf history.”
Her career path, however, is completely clear.
“I want to be a professor of history teaching Pacific history,” she said. “Hopefully, on the (USA) West Coast.”
A Ph.D from Harvard will likely make that a reality in 2023.