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Vanessa Beaudin

Degrees:Bachelor of Arts Honours Major in English, Minor in History (February 2020)

What is your favourite thing about the program?

My favourite thing about being a History minor was attending lectures and getting the opportunity to learn about past civilizations as well as reflect on the world’s present-day societies and how they came to be constructed the way they are today.

What will you miss the most?

What I will miss most is doing research as well as writing papers and journal entries. In many ways, the readings and research that had to be done for my history classes fed my hunger for knowledge, and, as an English major, being able to write about what I’d learned always felt rewarding.

What is your favourite reading/book/text from the program?

My favourite book from the History program is Greenwich Village, 1913: Suffrage, Labor, and the New Woman by Mary Jane Treacy, which contains a collection of essays from important thinkers during this period. In particular, Hutchins Hapgood’s “The Bohemian, the American and the Foreigner” (from Types from City Streets) captured my attention through Hapgood’s ideas of culture, the social, and the intellectual.

What’s next for you?

I plan to continue my studies and expand my knowledge in my field of interest: Irish Literature and History. My plan is to study abroad and receive my Master’s Degree in Ireland.

I have been accepted at Trinity College Dublin for their program in Irish Writing. Due to COVID-19, I have decided to defer my place until 2021. Until then, I will be working and looking forward to this next step in my academic journey!